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Table 1 Presence of nicotine, frequency of e-cigarette use and reason of using e-cigarettes among ever and past 30-day e-cigarette users aged 15–24 years based on the Canadian Tobacco, Alcohol and Drugs Survey, 2017

From: The association between alcohol, marijuana, illegal drug use and current use of E-cigarette among youth and young adults in Canada: results from Canadian Tobacco, Alcohol and Drugs Survey 2017

  E-cigarette use ever % (N) E-cigarette use in the past 30 days % (N)
Last e-cigarette contained nicotine
 Yes 51.2% (523,300) 72.5% (196,900)
 No 37.8% (385,900) 24.5% (66,400)
 Uncertain 11.1% (112,900) 3.1% (8300)
Frequency of using e-cigarette
 Everyday 3.3% (34,100) 23.1% (62,900)
 Occasionally 17.1% (175,000) 57.7% (157,400)
 Not at all 79.6% (813,100) 19.2% (52,300)
Reason for Using E-cigarette
 Reason for use- They come in flavours I like
  Yes 42.4% (429,900) 63.5% (170,800)
  No 57.6% (584,600) 36.5% (98,000)
 Reason for use-E-cigarettes are more acceptable to non-tobacco users
  Yes 29.2% (296,000) 44.9% (120,600)
  No 70.8% (248,400) 55.1% (148,200)
 Reason for use-They might be less harmful to people around me than cigarettes
  Yes 33.3% (337,400) 54.8% (147,200)
  No 66.8% (677,200) 45.3% (121,600)
 Reason for use- They might be less harmful to me than smoking cigarettes
  Yes 32.8% (331,500) 54.0% (145,200)
  No 67.3% (683,100) 46.0% (123,600)
 Reason for use- Using e-cigarettes helps people quit smoking cigarettes
  Yes 23.3% (236,000) 50.9% (136,700)
  No 76.7% (778,500) 49.1% (132,100)
 Reason for use- Curious - want to know how it tastes
  Yes 75.5% (766,000) 57.7% (155,000)
  No 24.5% (248,500) 42.4% (113,900)
 Reason for use- E-cigarettes don’t smell
  Yes 17.7% (179,200) 29.9% (80,300)
  No 83.3% (835,300) 70.1% (188,500)
Where do you usually get the e-cigarettes you use?
 A friend or relative (borrowed, shared or bought) 71.3 (717,200) 49.8 (133,300)
 A vape shop or vapor lounge 9.6 (96,600) 32.9 (88,000)
 A convenience store or gas station 12.6 (126,900) 6.5 (17,500)
 Over the internet 1.9 (18,800) 6.0 (16,100)
 Othera 4.6 (46,300) 4.8 (12,800)
  1. N is the weighted sample size based on the person weights provided by Statistics Canada [33]. Less than 2% of the respondents did not provide information on one or more the variables mentioned above. These cases were excluded from the analysis
  2. aIncludes: A small kiosk, A supermarket, grocery store or drug store, A smoke shop, tobacco specialty store, outlet store, A bar, pub, restaurant or casino and Other