Beliefs about e-cigarettes

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, 31.9%a of students in grades 6-9 thought that it would be “fairly easy” or “very easy”, while 43.2%b thought it would be “fairly” or “very difficult”, and 24.9%c did not know. However, perceived access varied significantly by e-cigarette use status:175 79.8%d of users thought it would be “fairly easy” or “very easy,” compared to 26.5%e of never-users of e-cigarettes.

 Canadian Student Tobacco, Alcohol and Drugs Survey, 2014-15. See data table with 95% confidence intervals below.Perceived risk was assessed by asking “How much do you think people risk harming themselves when they do each of the following activities?” for “Use an e-cigarette once in a while” and “Use an e-cigarette on a regular basis” (Figure 13.4).

Overall, the majority of students in grades 6-9 perceived “no risk” or “slight” risk of using e-cigarettes “once in a while”, but “moderate” or “great” risk of regular use.

Significantly more e-cigarette users perceived “no risk” of using e-cigarettes once in a while (53.4%f) or on a regular basis (29.3%g), compared to never users (15.9%h and 8.2%i, respectively).176,177

95% confidence intervals for in-text estimates 

a: 31.9 [29.9-33.8]
b: 43.2 [41.4-45.0]
c: 24.9 [23.8-26.0]
d: 79.8 [76.8-82.8]
e: 26.5 [24.8-28.2]
f: 53.4 [49.3-57.5]
g: 29.3 [25.6-33.0]
h: 15.9 [14.9-16.8]
i: 8.2 [7.5-8.9]