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Table 1 Summary of participant’s demographic, smoking and vaping characteristics

From: Motivations for use, identity and the vaper subculture: a qualitative study of the experiences of Western Australian vapers

Characteristics Total (n = 37) Cloud chasers (n = 19) Substitutes (n = 18)
Age (years)
 20–29 15 (40%) 8 (42%) 7 (39%)
 30–39 15 (40%) 7 (37%) 8 (44%)
 40–49 7 (20%) 4 (21%) 3 (17%)
Sex
 Male 26 (70%) 15 (79%) 11 (61%)
 Female 11 (30%) 4 (21%) 7 (39%)
Education
  < High school certificate 6 (16%) 6 (31%)
 High school certificate 8 (22%) 4 (21%) 4 (22%)
 Technical (TAFE) certificate 14 (38%) 6 (31%) 8 (45%)
 University degree 9 (24%) 3 (16%) 6 (33%)
Employment status
 Employed 33 (90%) 18 (95%) 15 (83%)
 Unemployed 2 (5%) 2 (11%)
 Full-time student 2 (5%) 1 (5%) 1 (6%)
IRSAD ranking
 Most disadvantaged 9 (24%) 5 (26%) 4 (22%)
 Disadvantaged 5 (14%) 3 (16%) 2 (11%)
 Median 13 (35%) 5 (26%) 8 (44%)
 Advantaged 2 (5%) 2 (11%)
 Most advantaged 8 (22%) 4 (21%) 4 (22%)
Vaping status
 Current vaper 33 (89%) 18 (95%) 15 (83%)
 Former vaper 4 (11%) 1 (5%) 3 (17%)
Nicotine vaping
 Yes 26 (70%) 11 (58%) 15 (83%)
 No 11a (30%) 8 (42%) 3 (17%)
Average vaping duration 2.4 years
range 0.08–7
SD = 2.011
2.7 years
range 0.08–7
SD = 2.052
2.1 years
range 0.25–7
SD = 1.971
Smoking status
Current smoker 8 (22%) 4 (21%) 4 (22%)
Former smoker 24 (65%) 13 (68%) 11 (61%)
Never smoker 5 (13%) 2 (1133%) 3 (17%)
Average smoking duration 14.0 years
range 3–38
SD = 8.268
13.5 years
range 4–25
SD = 6.718
14.5 years
Range 3–38
SD = 9.963
Dual userb
 Yes 5 (14%) 4 (21%) 1 (6%)
  1. aFour participants started with nicotine, nicotine-free at the time of the interview
  2. bUsing both cigarettes and e-cigarettes