If it exists today, people are going to have an opinion on it. The jury has been out to hang for the last few years on vaping. Vaping has become one of the fastest growing industries in the nation and quickly taking a bite out of the smoking industry. It is touted by health researchers to be a healthier alternative to smoking, but still not a healthy habit to have. Here is a little bit about the public perception of vaping.
Unfortunately, the issue is not a clear and cut topic. Depending on who you ask, the perception of vaping will vary to absolute evil to the best thing ever. With anything, public perception will change from person to person, and the statistics available for what the most prevalent public opinion is are somewhat biased in their research. The largest polls show the greatest concern with teens and young adults vaping, and the dangers of a new generation becoming addicted to nicotine.
One such health survey done by the University of Chicago shows a strong division against teens vaping. Almost 78% of surveyors supported restricting advertising that target teens. Additionally, 39% supported a total ban on e-cigarette type products from vendors like vapor ejuice. While these numbers are somewhat scary, the sample size was just over 1,000 adults. While this survey has a few helpful statistics, it can hardly be flaunted as a public representation with such a small sample.
It does highlight one of the most glaring aspects of the “Public Opinion” in this are is how the data is presented to the public. The concern for teen vaping is a major flag in the industry, but in many instances the way these concerns are put forward passes the mark of research and moves closer to fear mongering. Just as the truth ads helped decimate the smoking population and move legislation towards anti-smoking, they are starting to target vaping as well.
The problem with the data is not a matter of how many and who is doing it, the problem springs with the way social media runs with inaccurate results. Most people probably think that teens should not be smoking or vaping. This is not surprising. To have data that specifically calls on restricting vape advertisement to teens is a misnomer in the data. Most states do not allow for vape industry to advertise at all outside of vape shops and have laws in place for nobody over 18 to enter.
To that end, studies like this only aid in making a negative impact on the vaping community by shunning the public opinion towards the bad. They fail to take in the rest of the data or look at the areas that already exist in legislation. As with all “public opinion”, it is best to do your own research and formulate your own opinion. A large part of the community knows that vaping is a safer alternative to vaping and is perfectly fine with that. Don’t be fooled by social media and how they portray public opinion.