Why people vape

Hello, everyone!

My name is Kate, I am an LSE student and we have a project about vaping. Could you, please, help us by filling out this survey:


Many thanks!


Dear Guitarded,

I deeply appreciate your response and your participation in my survey. You raise some pertinent points concerning the often-misrepresented health effects of nicotine and by extension, vaping. I would however, like to respectfully respond with two specific comments. Firstly, my survey was purposefully constructed to gauge individual perceptions about the potential health effects of e-cigarettes. My survey does not intend to suggest, frame or convey any medical facts. On the contrary, it serves as best it can to be neutral platform to record the opinions of our respondents. If at any point during my survey you felt as if my study ‘framed’ or introduced bias to any of my questions I would welcome this feedback as an opportunity to reflect on my methodology. This was not my intention. Ultimately I hope to use these responses to perform a (non-validated) statistical analysis on the emotional and social perceptions of vaping, not as a scientific measure of their harmful/unharmful effects. Secondly, although vaping is invariably heavily intertwined with concerns about health and wellbeing, it comprises only a fraction of the questions on my survey. I hope to trace the deep, constitute and multifaceted patterns of causation that lead people to smoke in an objective and reflective matter. I would like to add that although my study has been authorised by my department at the London School of Economics, these views are very much my own and do not necessarily reflect the views of the university.


I have completed the survey and also agree with @anon96069639’s statement above.
My health has improved dramatically, if that’s a word in this context.
I will be smoke free for 5 years next month, something I’ve never managed in the 44 years I have smoked tobacco.
I’m not in the States but in the Netherlands where the hysteria around vaping is not as bad (yet?) but it pisses me of tremendously that a harm reduction product that can save countless lives is demonised because tobacco is more profitable.


I have also completed the survey


I will take your survey, in a few hours or so when I get back to my computer, just based on the professionalism of this reply; it’s refreshing to see someone in university looking to improve upon there bias in methodology, as a 33 year old currently back in school I see the opposite take place more often than not.


Done, finally lol


Thank you for taking the time to interact.

I’ve taken the survey, and even though I’m a US citizen, hope that it helps.

I’ll also say that in q38 in particular, there were a couple of questions that “do not apply” (at least to me, from a DIY mixer’s POV).

I took a screenshot of the one, but there was another that followed, though I tried to explain in q39 about the “discrepancy”.

The lead off was something to the effect of /paraphrasing here: ‘THEORETICALLY what would make you want to quit vaping or decrease it’

That question only really applies to someone who does not DIY. As those who do have total control of the amount of nicotine that goes into our liquid. And many of us not only voluntarily, but purposely lower the nicotine over time to intentionally reduce the dependency/reliance on nicotine. :wink:

That doesn’t necessarily mean that we don’t still enjoy the flavors, or maintaining the enjoyment of vaping itself. (That “hand to mouth” thing is a bitch! :laughing: but that’s well outside of the scope of things here. And even then, I’d rather be “hand to mouth” with vaping, than gaining weight with the alternative! :wink: …there’s a whole other paper for you! Vaping as a means for weight loss! :crazy_face: grins )


I completed your questionnaire, hope that helps :+1:


As far as I understand myself, I just like this process.