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!


@ Katejan20 Normally I would not participate in any such questionnaire about anything, let alone about my personal choices concerning vaping nicotine products. The reason is very simple: I do not regard the moderate use of nicotine as being any more harmful than eating tomatoes, avocados, or any of the other nightshade plants that produce/contain nicotine. My consumption is NOW the equivalent. Indeed I have 2 board certified (AMA-USA) physicians who have both encouraged me and monitored very significant improvements in my overall health. One, a cardiologist, made the obvious clear: it is not the nicotine that is harmful. It is the byproducts of combustion tobacco usage that is the problem. To quote him: “Nicotine has never killed anyone.” (accidental overdose excluded) He went on to state that nicotine is a mild heart stimulant which for people in my age group can have beneficial effects. The other, an internal medicine specialist, has described my lung function as “pristine.” I am diabetic and have found that flavored products are the perfect way to control eating habits and cravings. My physician agrees.

I am in my late sixties and have now broken a lifelong smoking habit with vaping. Patches, gums, lozenges, and drugs all caused problems. I am 3 1/2 years smoke free.

I participated because individuals like me need to be heard. No disrespect intended, but I have to question the purpose of a political science and economics department conducting any such study which seems to frame the issues as being whether nicotine vaping products are harmful.This is a medical issue. Your Royal College have made their determinations.


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.


Thank you for the helpful clarifications. Meanwhile I want to encourage others here to respond. Briefly, I did not perceive any inappropriate questions or intent to introduce bias. Rather, I was not clear on your intent to:

My perceptions were that the study was limited or narrowed (i.e. framed) to what has been very well established in regards to harm. Perception is a separate issue and a real problem here in the states.

Your results will be very interesting. I hope that you will link to them when completed.


I have completed the survey and also agree with @Guitarded’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 )


YES! While I have never gained any traction promoting my beliefs about vaping for weight and appetite controls particularly for diabetes, I’m nevertheless a walking testament to the effectiveness. Every time I quit smoking I gained massive weight. One thing which I have never attempted to convey is that there is no “rule” that says a vape needs to be inhaled. Unless @Katejan20 is a vaper, she may not be familiar with “mouth to lung” vs “direct to lung” methods. “To lung” can be skipped just as nicotine can.

Drugs for the treatment of diabetes, and diabetes itself, can make a person ravenously hungry because they become accustomed to high glucose (blood sugar) levels. The equation is then amputations, organ failures etc, and/or death. Instead of reaching for that candy bar or any high carb food, people could reach for a no calorie, no cholesterol, no triglycerides etc. etc. vape.

Obviously I’m hyper vigilant and angry about the subject with all the misrepresentation and “ban” crap, but I know that the combination of proper diet, exercise, and vaping has kept me alive. Why the medical profession has not studied this is simply beyond my comprehension, though my physician has made clear that “the whole system is a goddamned fraud.” Rant over… :laughing:


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


** “WHO misrepresents the available scientific evidence,” he charged. Public Health England maintains that vaping is “at least 95% less harmful than smoking cigarettes.”**

“The WHO has a history of anti-vaping activism that is damaging their reputation. This document is particularly malign,” Peter Hajek, who directs the Tobacco Dependence Research Unit at Queen Mary University of London, wrote in a statement released today by the U.K. Science Media Centre.

“There is no evidence that vaping is ‘highly addictive,’” he said. “Less than 1% of non-smokers become regular vapers. Vaping does not lead young people to smoking—smoking among young people is at [an] all-time low. … There is clear evidence that e-cigarettes help smokers quit,” Hajek continued.


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