Do You Vape? University of Arizona Wants to Know

Do you vape? If so, researchers at an American university want to know about it. The Arizona Daily Star is reporting that the University of Arizona has received a $2.7 million (£1.72 million) grant to study the question of why people use electronic cigarettes. It is an interesting study, to say the least.

We certainly don’t want to be critical of any legitimate research involving electronic cigarettes or vaping. However we are little confused, as this question has already been answered multiple times, by studies conducted since back in 2011. For example, Action on Smoking and Health (ASH) publishes an annual review outlining who uses electronic cigarettes, how the devices are being used, and why they are being used.

Year after year, the number one reason people give for taking up vaping is a desire to eliminate tobacco use from their lives. In simple terms, they are vaping in order to replace smoking. Other reasons given include:

using e-cigs as an aide to a quit-smoking attempt
to help reduce tobacco consumption without quitting entirely
to save money over the higher cost of tobacco
using e-cigarettes as an alternative where smoking is banned
to avoid exposing others to second hand smoke and smells
These reasons, and the percentage of respondents who mention them in the ASH surveys, have remained largely unchanged since the anti-smoking group began compiling the information. We expect the University of Arizona to come up with very similar numbers, despite spending millions of pounds scouring Facebook, Twitter and a host of other social media outlets. It would be interesting to know where the funding for this study is coming from too.

We also find it curious that researchers have chosen social media as their data collection point. The limited information we have about the study does not seem to indicate researchers will be asking participants any direct questions about e-cigarette use per se, but will instead be gathering observational data from social media channels. This seems to be a complex way to compile information on a subject that can otherwise be answered by plenty of other sources considered substantially more reliable.

Why Do YOU Vape?
In light of the University of Arizona research, we want to ask you why you vape. But don’t tell us your answer. Instead, tell it to any tobacco smoker you know who has not yet made the switch. Tell them why you appreciate vaping as an alternative to smoking, and even better, why you have chosen E cig as your brand. The more that legitimate vapers can spread the truth about vaping, the less we will have to worry about misinformation being spread by electronic cigarette opponents.

If you are not yet a vaper, what is holding you back? Electronic cigarettes offer you a smoking alternative that lets you enjoy your nicotine habit without exposing yourself to toxic cigarette smoke. E-cigarettes cost less, they do not leave behind smoke odors and stains, and they let you regulate your own nicotine intake.

Do you vape? If not, you can try vaping today with a E cig e-cigarette from your local retailer – to find your local, just do a quick search by postcode using our handy online store finder.

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