Perceptions of e-cigarettes

Pie chart showing perceived relative harm of e-cigarettes with nicotine, in 2020. Trends described in text. Data table below with 95% confidence intervals.All respondents were asked, “In your opinion, compared with cigarettes, how harmful to a person’s health are e-cigarettes or vaping devices with nicotine?”

Nearly one-third responded that they were about the same as cigarettes, and that they did not know, respectively, with the remainder split fairly evenly between responses that e-cigarettes were less and more harmful than cigarettes (Figure 11.37).

Responses were similar by smoking status, though it appears that slightly more never smokers responded with ‘about the same’ and ‘somewhat more harmful’ than cigarettes (Figure 11.38)

 Bar chart showing perceived relative harm of e-cigarettes with nicotine, by smoking status, in 2020. Trends described in text. Data table below with 95% confidence intervals.

Responses were fairly similar between males and females, though females seemed to perceive slightly greater harm of e-cigarettes (Figure 11.39). There appeared to be some differences across age groups, with more older respondents reporting ‘don’t know’ and fewer ‘somewhat less harmful’ (Figure 11.40).

Bar chart showing perceived relative harm of e-cigarettes with nicotine, among males and females, in 2020. Trends described in text. Data table below with 95% confidence intervals.

Bar chart showing perceived relative harm of e-cigarettes with nicotine, by age group, in 2020. Trends described in text. Data table below with 95% confidence intervals.