A new survey has revealed the number of people using e-cigarettes in Canada has more than doubled in five years.
However the majority of Canadians are concerned about young people using e-cigarettes.
Findings from a survey by the Vancouver-based non-profit Angus Reid Institute show that almost 90 percent of the population would back a ban on the sale of vaping products to those under 18.
In the online survey of 1,500 adults aged 18 and older, 75 percent of respondents said the government should have the authority to create rules for the packaging and labelling of e-cigarettes in Canada, while 69 percent agreed the promotion and marketing of vaping products should be restricted and 62 percent agreed that some flavours should be taken off the market.
However, support for a flavour ban was not supported across the board. While 58 percent of those aged over 55 showed support the notion of banning flavoured e-cigarettes, only a third of those 18 to 34 agreed with the idea.
The survey highlights the growth in the number of people choosing to vape in Canada, which has jumped from 8.5 percent of the population in 2013 to 18 percent this year.
Certain factors may have triggered this incline this year alone — the passing of legislation in May to regulate products, followed by Health Canada endorsing vaping as a means to quit smoking and US vape giant JUUL launching its vape products on the Canadian market in August may have contributed to encouraging more smokers to make the switch this year alone.
But vaping has a long road ahead in Canada if it will make a mark in smoking cessation. According to the Angus Reid Institute survey published on September 18, four-in-ten Canadians have yet to encounter e-cigarettes in their social circle.
Access the survey in full here: http://angusreid.org/vaping/