Students were asked, “How difficult or easy do you think it would be for you to get each of the following types of substances, if you wanted some?”. For e-cigarettes with nicotine (Figure 12.8), the proportion of grade 7-9 students who thought that it would be “fairly easy” or “very easy” (39.4%a) was similar to the proportion who thought it would be “fairly difficult” or “very difficult” (37.7%b).

However, perceived access to e-cigarettes with nicotine varied significantly by e-cigarette use status:167 three-quarters of ever-users (75.0%c) thought it would be “fairly easy” or “very easy,” compared to nearly one-third (30.0%d) of never-users of e-cigarettes.

For e-cigarettes without nicotine (Figure 12.9), the proportion of grade 7-9 students who thought that it would be “fairly easy” or “very easy” (45.7%e) was greater than the proportion who thought it would be “fairly difficult” or “very difficult” (31.8%f).

However, perceived access to e-cigarettes with nicotine varied significantly by e-cigarette use status:168 four out of five ever-users (80.2%g) thought it would be “fairly easy” or “very easy,” compared to just over one-third (36.5%h) of never-users of e-cigarettes.

Pie chart showing perceived ease of accessing e-cigarettes with nicotine, grades 7 to 9, from 2018 to 2019. Trends described in text. Data table below with 95% confidence intervals.

Pie chart showing perceived ease of accessing e-cigarettes without nicotine, grades 7 to 9, from 2018 to 2019. Trends described in text. Data table below with 95% confidence intervals.

 

95% confidence intervals for in-text estimates 

a: 39.4 [36.7-42.2]
b: 37.7 [36.0-39.4]
c: 75.0 [70.6-79.4]
d: 30.0 [27.7-32.3]
e: 45.7 [43.4-47.9]
f: 31.8 [30.3-33.4]
g: 80.2 [78.0-82.3]
h: 36.5 [34.2-38.8]