Four out of five young adult vapers say they feel “safe” when using e-cigarettes, despite the lung disease epidemic in which 55 have died – but HALF says they plan to quit as a New Year’s resolution
- 77% said they believe that vape is healthier than cigarette smoking and 60% think it is healthier than drinking alcohol
- Three-quarters said e-cigarette use is unhealthy, but about 80% said they generally feel safe
- Almost half of the survey participants said they stopped for their good intention
- 79% said they believed that fewer than 500 people had fallen ill due to the recent wave of diseases associated with vapors
- In reality, 2,561 people are sick and 55 people have died
Many vapers say they feel safe when using e-cigarettes despite the recent outbreak of lung injuries, new survey data show.
About 77 percent of e-cigarette users say they believe that vape is healthier than cigarette smoking and 60 percent say it’s healthier than drinking alcohol.
Shockingly enough, almost 80 percent of vapers under 40 years of age say they are safe.
Yet nearly 50 percent said they were planning to quit as part of a new year’s intention.
Collin Czarnecki, principal investigator of the survey conducted by Harmony Healthcare IT, a health data management company, said the findings show that more attention needs to be paid to the dangers of vape, especially for young adults.
It comes at the heels of the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) announcement Thursday of a ban on most flavored e-cigarettes to curb the rise of youth vapor.
In a recent survey, 77 percent of current vapers under 40 said they believe the use of e-cigarettes was healthier than cigarette smoking and 60 percent said they drank healthier alcohol
For the report, the team interviewed nearly 2,000 e-cigarette users in the US between the ages of 18 and 38.
The participants were asked questions about what they evaporated, how much, how fast and how long they evaporated, as well as questions about their opinion about e-cigarettes.
About 40 percent of young adults said they had only evaporated nicotine, 30 percent said they had only evaporated cannabis and the remaining 30 percent said they both used.
Almost a third of users said it took two days or less to finish a pod or cartridge of cannabis or nicotine.
The vaping of one nicotine pod – which in many cases is slightly larger than a miniature – corresponds to smoking two or three packs of cigarettes.
“There are many misconceptions about health and sheep because it has become a bigger trend in recent years,” Czarnecki told DailyMail.com.
“It may seem ‘healthier’ because you don’t smoke physically, but depending on how often you evaporate, you still get a lot of nicotine.”
When asked about being healthy, they thought it was vapes, 77 percent said they believed it was healthier than cigarette smoking and 60 percent said it was healthier than drinking alcohol.
About 70 percent said they believed it was generally unhealthy, but nearly 80 percent said they are safe.
Researchers also asked the participants about the recent wave of sheep-related diseases that made 2,561 sick and killed 55.
Fifty-nine percent said they were worried about the “outbreak,” and 50 percent said they had evaporated less.
A further 56 percent said they were considering quitting because of the diseases, although 48 percent said it was also a New Year’s proposal.
56 percent of respondents said they were considering stopping vaping because of the recent “outbreak of vaping-related diseases.”
Researchers also asked participants how many people had developed EVALI (e-cigarette or vapen product use-related lung disease
Seventy-nine said they were fewer than 500 people, more than threefold fewer than the actual number. There were 1,888 cases at the time of the investigation.
Most victims are men with 80 percent younger than 35 years.
“There is insufficient education or awareness about what is going on,” Czarnecki said.
“That is why we need to focus that message on younger vapors and use all our resources to prevent these numbers from rising.”
The FDA announced its own attempt to slow down the rising numbers of juveniles by banning all tastes except tobacco and menthol.
“The United States has never seen an epidemic of drug use develop as quickly as our current epidemic of youth use of e-cigarettes,” Health Minister Alex Azar said in a statement.
“We will not watch idle as this crisis grows and develops among American youth, and we will continue to monitor the situation and take further action if necessary.”