More than two-thirds of US smokers would be happy to switch from smoking cigarettes to vaping, according to a new poll.
The survey from the non-profit advocacy group Public Policy Polling (PPP) also found a majority of Americans, including a majority in Florida, are “very” or “somewhat” concerned about e-cigarette use, while one-third of the respondents in Kentucky were not.
The findings were released in a release from the advocacy group, which said e-cigs are currently the most widely used tobacco product in the United States.
“We’re seeing rapid growth of vaping,” PPP director of research Jennifer Albertson said.
“The idea that vaping is the ‘next big thing’ is a myth.
And this poll shows that e-cig use is just as much of a ‘thing’ as cigarettes.”
The study was commissioned by Public Policy and conducted between February 25 and March 3.
The polling found that 57% of Americans think vaping is a “new and exciting” form of tobacco use.
But, the report noted, just over a third of those surveyed also said vaping should be restricted as a way to reduce smoking.
It found that 54% of respondents in Florida said they would be “very happy” if the vaping industry stopped selling e-liquids, while 55% in Kentucky said they were “slightly” or not at all happy with the product.
The PPP said it hopes the results of the poll will lead to legislation that would limit the availability of e-liquid to all smokers, including minors.
The organization has previously asked the US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to issue a regulation banning e-vapor in cigarettes and e-bikes, among other measures.
However, it has so far been unable to reach a resolution with the agency.