According to vapingpost, a Google survey of British e-cigarette retailer electronic tobacconist found that only a small proportion of the British public have accurate beliefs about e-cigarettes.
Despite the panic caused by the outbreak of evali and the growing concerns about the use of e-cigarettes by young people across the United States, the UK health and health authorities, including the NHS and the UK public health authority, have fully recognized e-cigarettes as a way to quit smoking and continue to urge smokers to switch to e-cigarettes.
Unexpectedly, however, this positive position has not disappeared in the British public as expected. The survey aims to determine the public’s views on the use of e-cigarettes as a smoking cessation tool in the UK and whether they believe that the e-cigarettes have public health benefits.
The aggregated data showed that the majority of participants (34.9%) did not believe that atomization was good for public health, while 26% expressed uncertainty. On the other hand, 24.1% of people think that e-cigarettes may be beneficial to public health, while only 15% think that e-cigarettes are beneficial to health.
When asked about the us fear based narrative of atomization, most participants (40.4%) said they had no opinion because they did not have enough information. More than a third (35%) of respondents said they were concerned about evali related deaths.
A quarter (24.4%) said they were “not at all” affected by the panic surrounding vaping in the United States, and about a third (31.2%) said they thought all the concerns related to vape could be stimulated by hype. In the media, 14.6% said it was absolutely groundless. About 22.2% thought the media reports were accurate, while 32% said they did not know.
When asked if they would encourage smokers, they knew they would switch to e-cigarettes. Almost half (48.9%) said they would not like to quit, 31.5% said they could, and 19.6% said yes. Respondents were also asked if they thought e-cigarettes would help the UK achieve the government’s goal of No Tobacco by 2030. A total of 42.7% thought it was not, 17.2% thought smoking might help, and 11.2% agreed to help.
In reviewing the compiled data, the researchers concluded that media headlines had a very negative impact on the public. “Our survey shows that most people are confused by negative media reports, while at the same time, they do not trust them, especially those tabloids that cause a stir,” said Pascal Culverhouse, managing director of electric tobacco company.
“And we also know that in the UK, many people just don’t have the fact that e-cigarettes are an effective way to smoke and improve public health. There is still a lot of wrong information and a lack of understanding. “