V2 reveals why U.S. adults are choosing to vape.
A recent commissioned study from V2 has revealed the reasons behind why adult e-cigarette users “vape.” The study polled 300 U.S. adult e-cigarette users online from from May 11-12, 2016.
When asked to identify the reasons they choose to use electronic cigarettes:
- Two-thirds (62%) said they do so “to quit or abstain from smoking cigarettes”
- 38% identified as dual users, vaping e-cigarettes “to obtain nicotine when unable to smoke cigarettes”
- 36% said they “preferred the flavors and taste over traditional tobacco cigarettes”
- 29% said they did so because e-cigarettes are more “socially acceptable than smoking cigarettes”
“For most adult smokers, vaporizing devices like electronic cigarettes represent a legitimate alternative to combustible cigarettes,” said Adam Kustin, vice president of marketing, V2. “Smokers are increasingly shifting away from combustibles in favor of vaping. This is why the recent FDA ruling to regulate e-cigarettes like tobacco products is discouraging. Big Tobacco wants to curb e-cigarette growth and maintain the status quo, especially as vaporizer technology continues to outpace their offerings and transform the category. The FDA’s more onerous limitations on manufacturers indirectly support Big Tobacco’s goals. Stifling innovation and restricting consumer choice will very possibly drive users back to smoking cigarettes.”
In May, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) decided to extend federal regulatory control to e-cigarettes. According to another V2 poll of 300 vapers released on June 7th, among e-cigarette users, three-quarters (74%) believe that electronic cigarettes “should be subject to some sort of regulatory process.” However, in an April survey also conducted by V2 with 600 respondents, 57% said that they were against any federal regulations by the FDA. Of that 57%, 27% said regulations should occur locally (state, municipality, etc.) and 13% said the industry should self-regulate.
The consequences of overregulation could be devastating for e-cigarette users. As part of the FDA’s ruling, government approval of all e-cigarette products and related consumables introduced after 2007, such as e-liquid, is now required. These products must go through a formal approval process to continue to be sold. Reports estimate that submitting an application for a single product approval could cost more than $1 million for the applicant. In a V2 survey released June 7, vapers were asked how they would respond if onerous regulations drove e-cigarettes off the market. 49% of those surveyed said they would return to smoking combustible cigarettes. Considering how many report vaping as a way to abstain from tobacco in the latest V2 survey, these numbers aren’t surprising.