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Statistics & Research

Electronic Cigarettes

  Last 30 day vape use Ever vaped (overall) Ever vaped (with nicotine)
2016-2017 10% 23% N/A
2018-2019 20% 34% 28%

E-cigarette prevalence rates doubled among students in 2018-19 compared to the last survey in 2016-17. Students who have used an e-cigarette (with or without nicotine) in the past 30 days are vaping frequently, with 40% (approximately 165,000 students) reporting daily or almost daily use.

Furthermore, many students are using vaping products that contain nicotine. Among students who used a vaping product in the past 30 days, 90% used a product with nicotine and 57% used a product without nicotine.

Of the students who had used an e-cigarette (with or without nicotine) in the past 30 days, 42% indicated that they had never smoked a cigarette, not even a puff.

Among students who had tried both cigarettes and vaping products, 41% tried a cigarette first (approximately 139,000 students), 47% (approximately 158,000 students) tried a vaping product first, and the remainder could not remember or provided inconsistent answers. The prevalence of trying an e-cigarette first was higher among students in grades 10 to 12 (49%) than in grades 7 to 9 (40%).

Source of Electronic Cigarettes

The majority of students in grades 7 to 12 who used an e-cigarette in the past 30 days got their e-cigarette from a social source (65%), an increase from 56% in 2016-17. Social sources include friends, family, and others, regardless of whether the cigarettes were given freely, paid for, or stolen. Accessing e-cigarettes through social sources was higher among students in grades 7 to 9 (73%) than those in grades 10 to 12 (62%) and higher among females (74%) than males (58%).

One quarter (25%) of students in grades 7 to 12 who used an e-cigarette in the past 30 days got their e-cigarette from a retail source, unchanged from 2016-17. Retail sources include purchases made in-store and/or online. Accessing e-cigarettes through retail sources was higher among students in grades 10 to 12 (29%) than those in grades 7 to 9 (14%) and higher among males (30%) than females (19%).

More than half of the students in grades 7 to 12 (54%) thought it would be “fairly easy” or “very easy” to get an e-cigarette with nicotine if they wanted one, and 58% thought it would be “fairly easy” or “very easy” to get an e-cigarette without nicotine if they wanted one.

 

References

The 2020 Youth and Young Adult Vaping Project 
 
Canadian Student Tobacco, Alcohol and Drugs Survey 2018-19