Table 5

Endorsed reasons for e-cigarette use among current e-cigarette users* by cigarette smoking status, 2013–2014 PATH Study Wave 1 Survey

Overall
% (95% CI), 
unweighted n=3642
Current cigarette smokers†
% (95% CI), 
unweighted n=2530
Former cigarette smokers‡
% (95% CI), 
unweighted n=469
Never cigarette smokers§
% (95% CI), 
unweighted n=634
p Value
They might be less harmful to people around me than cigarettes.84.8 (83.4 to 86.2)85.1 (83.6 to 86.7)86.3 (82.4 to 90.2)82.3 (78.9 to 85.7)0.2159
They might be less harmful to me than cigarettes.82.9 (81.5 to 84.3)80.5 (78.7 to 82.3)91.8 (89.0 to 94.5)85.4 (82.5 to 88.4)<0.0001
I can use e-cigarette at times when or in places where smoking cigarettes is not allowed.80.8 (79.2 to 82.3)83.5 (81.7 to 85.3)76.0 (70.7 to 81.3)73.0 (69.5 to 76.4)<0.0001
E-cigarettes do not smell.76.3 (74.6 to 78.0)76.4 (74.4 to 78.3)80.1 (75.1 to 85.1)72.5 (68.6 to 76.4)0.0577
Using e-cigarettes help people to quit smoking cigarettes.71.9 (70.1 to 73.7)72.1 (70.1 to 74.1)82.6 (79.0 to 86.2)61.2 (57.1 to 65.3)<0.0001
E-cigarettes are more acceptable to non-tobacco users.71.2 (69.7 to 72.7)70.6 (68.8 to 72.3)69.5 (64.4 to 74.6)75.3 (71.9 to 78.7)0.0840
E-cigarettes come in flavours I like.65.0 (63.2 to 66.9)63.7 (61.6 to 65.8)60.1 (55.0 to 65.2)75.3 (71.8 to 78.9)<0.0001
They are affordable.54.5 (52.8 to 56.3)51.9 (49.6 to 54.2)64.7 (59.8 to 69.7)57.0 (53.0 to 61.1)<0.0001
Using an e-cigarette feels like smoking a regular cigarette.49.4 (47.7 to 51.1)47.3 (45.3 to 49.4)66.8 (62.6 to 70.9)42.5 (38.4 to 46.6)<0.0001
I like socialising while using an e-cigarette.39.6 (37.8 to 41.3)37.3 (35.0 to 39.6)37.4 (32.4 to 42.4)52.0 (47.7 to 56.4)<0.0001
People who are important to me use e-cigarettes.21.3 (19.5 to 23.1)18.6 (16.7 to 20.5)20.2 (15.8 to 24.6)34.0 (29.3 to 38.8)<0.0001
The advertising for e-cigarettes appeals to me.20.9 (19.4 to 22.3)19.1 (17.3 to 20.9)15.7 (12.0 to 19.4)33.2 (29.4 to 37.1)<0.0001
People in the media or other public figures use e-cigarettes.19.3 (17.7 to 21.0)18.0 (16.2 to 19.8)9.3 (6.4 to 12.2)34.3 (29.5 to 39.0)<0.0001
  • p Values from frequency of use categories from χ2 test. Frequencies reflect unweighted data and percentage-weighted data.

  • *Those who reported currently using an e-cigarette ‘every day’ or ‘some days’, irrespective of the ‘fairly regularly’ threshold.

  • †Those who reported having smoked at least 100 cigarettes in their lifetime and now currently smoke every day or some days.

  • ‡Those who reported having smoked at least 100 cigarettes in their lifetime and now smoke cigarettes ‘not at all’.

  • §Those who reported not having smoked at least 100 cigarettes in their lifetime. Of these 634 never established cigarette smokers, 56.8% are current experimental smokers, 32.2% are former experimental smokers and 10.6% are never experimental smokers.

  • PATH, Population Assessment of Tobacco and Health.