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Table 4 Tobacco use, e-cigarette use and smoking cessation

From: Vape shops: who uses them and what do they do?

Question n (%)
All participants (n = 197)
 Reason for vape shop visit
  I am currently using e-cigarettes 165 (84)
  I am considering using e-cigarettes 15 (8)
  I am purchasing e-cigarettes for somebody else 8 (4)
  I am visiting to collect information 8 (4)
  Other 1 (1)
All e-cigarette users (n = 165)
 Tobacco and e-cigarette use
  I currently use both e-cigarettes and regular cigarettes 31 (19)
  I currently use e-cigarettes only but used to smoke regular cigarettes 128 (78)
  I currently use e-cigarettes but have never smoked regular cigarettes 5 (3)
  No response 1 (1)
Time since starting e-cigarette use
  Less than 24 h 4 (2)
  Between 1 day and 1 week 1 (1)
  Between 1 week and 4 weeks 15 (9)
  Between 1 month and 1 year 47 (28)
  Between 1 year and 2 years 56 (34)
  Longer than 2 years 41 (25)
  Don’t know/other 1 (1)
Reasons for starting to use an e-cigarette (multiple responses permitted)
  Wanted to quit smoking 129 (78)
  Previous unsuccessful attempt 33 (20)
  Reduce number I smoke 26 (16)
  Friends/family 40 (24)
  Flavours I like 24 (15)
  Advert 1 (1)
  Can use e-cigarette where can’t smoke 29 (18)
  E-cigarettes are less harmful 55 (33)
  Cheaper than regular tobacco 53 (32)
  Curiosity 24 (15)
  Other 7 (4)
Main reason for using an e-cigarette
  To help me quit/stay quit 117 (71)
  To reduce number of regular cigarettes I smoke 17 (10)
  I can use e-cigarettes where I can’t smoke 6 (4)
  Other 12 (7)
  No response 13 (8)
Perceived harm of using e-cigarette
  More harmful than tobacco cigarettes 3 (2)
  Less harmful than tobacco cigarettes 136 (82)
  The same as tobacco cigarettes 2 (1)
  Don’t know 17 (10)
  No response 7 (4)
Side effects while using e-cigarette
  No side effects 120 (73)
  Side effects 45 (27)
Weekly spend on e-cigarettes
  < 5£ 38 (23)
  £5–10 63 (38)
  £11–20 33 (20)
  £21–30 13 (8)
  Other 7 (4)
  Don’t know 3 (2)
  No response 8 (5)
Nicotine content used when started vaping (mg/ml)
  0 3 (2)
  1–3 5 (3)
  4–10 16 (10)
  11–20 74 (45)
  > 20 43 (26)
  No response 24 (15)
Nicotine concentration currently used (mg/ml)
  0 12 (7)
  1–3 52 (32)
  4–10 41 (25)
  11–20 33 (20)
  > 20 10 (6)
  No response 17 (10)
Change in nicotine content since started vaping
  Reduced 92 (56)
  Stayed the same 41 (25)
  Increased 0 (0)
  No response 32 (19)
Preferred e-liquid flavour
  Fruit 80 (48)
  Tobacco 19 (12)
  Menthol 21 (13)
  Other 19 (12)
  No response 23 (14)
Where usually buy e-cigarettes or liquids
  From a shop 117 (71)
  Online 2 (1)
  Both 35 (21)
  Other 2 (1)
  No response 9 (5)
Type of information/advice received from shop (multiple responses permitted)
  About the products 148 (90)
  About stopping smoking tobacco cigarettes 62 (38)
  About how to cut down on smoking tobacco cigarettes 46 (28)
  Other 2 (1)
Appropriate to deliver advice on quitting smoking in an e-cigarette shop?
  Yes and I would consider using it 75 (45)
  Yes but I would not consider using it 5 (3)
  Maybe 40 (27)
  Not sure 15 (9)
  No 10 (6)
  Don’t want to answer 5 (3)
  No response 15 (9)
Best way to deliver in-shop service (n = 75 – vapers who would consider using service)
  Support from a trained member of staff 58 (77)
  Face-to-face support from an external advisor 2 (3)
  A text or email-based support service 7 (9)
  Other 1 (1)
  No response 7 (9)
Ex-smokers only (n = 128) n
  Time since quit smoking
  Within the last week 5 (4)
  Within the last month 8 (6)
  Within the last 6 months 14 (11)
  Within the last year 24 (19)
  Over a year ago 75 (59)
  No response 2 (2)
Methods used to help stop smoking during the most recent serious quit attempt (multiple responses permitted)
  Electronic cigarette 114 (89)
  Nicotine replacement therapy 48 (38)
  Nicotine replacement on prescription 12 (9)
  Zyban 5 (4)
  Champix 14 (11)
  Stop smoking group 11 (9)
  Smoking helpline 4 (3)
  NHS smoke free website 9 (7)
  App 5 (4)
  Hypnotherapy 3 (2)
  Acupuncture 2 (2)
  Booklet 1 (1)
  Don’t know 9 (7)
  Other 2 (2)
  1. Note: Percentages are rounded to the nearest whole number