If electronic cigarettes are banned users will break the law to obtain the devices.
That’s what our recent survey of 154 electronic cigarette users shows.
A massive 84.9% said they would buy electronic cigarettes on the black market if the device was banned.
According to one respondent:
The slim chance of being caught, slim chance of being punished and the modest nature of that punishment is not comparable to the alternative (a highly likely relapse into years of cigarette smoking). Various regulators seem to view e-cigs as innately dangerous and await proof they are safe. To me, they look safe in theory and I await evidence they are significantly unsafe. If regulators can give a reason for banning them aside from being almost hysterically risk-averse, I might comply.
Another agreed, stating:
I am an otherwise law abiding citizen but, knowing that I feel so much better by using an e-cig, the black market would be a risk I would be willing to take.
Once again, suspicion proved rife amongst those who answered. One respondent said:
If they are banned, it would not be because they are bad for you, it would be because big tobacco paid a lot of money to lobbyists to get them banned.
They may not be quite right – big pharm also sees its control of the (non-tobacco) nicotine market threatened.
And according to stop the Electronic Cigarette Ban Lung Cancer America, which receives huge funds from pharmaceutical companies
See e-cigarette ban survey to see the full results.