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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% of students in grades 6-9 thought that it would be “fairly easy” or “very easy”, while 43.2% thought it would be “fairly” or “very difficult”, and 24.9% did not know. However, perceived access varied significantly by e-cigarette use status:175 79.8% of users thought it would be “fairly easy” or “very easy,” compared to 26.5% 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%) or on a regular basis (29.3%), compared to never users (15.9% and 8.2%, respectively).176,177