THRA Annual 2017 Vaping Survey
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Do you currently smoke cigarettes or use other forms of tobacco, meaning have one tobacco product at least once per 1-3 days. (Cigars. pipe, chewing tobacco - products with addictive properties). You will be automatically directed to the next appropriate section based on your answer.
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Current smokers or users of combustible tobacco products in other forms. [cigar, pipe, chewing - products which have addictive properties.]
At what age did start smoking or using other forms of tobacco such as chewing tobacco, pipe tobacco?
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How many cigarettes in a day do you smoke, or use other forms of tobacco? (chewing tobacco; pipe tobacco; cigars)
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Thinking back to when you began to smoke, what influenced / triggered your interest in it? (check all that apply)
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Would you still have started to use cigarettes or other forms of tobacco - with addictive properties, knowing what you know now?
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Have you heard about e-cigarettes and where do you currently get most of your information about e-cigarettes or vaporizers? Check all that apply.
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What have you heard about vaping or using e-cigarettes? (also known as ENDS= Electronic Nicotine Delivery System or PV's= personal vaporizers) Check all that apply.
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Has the information you have been exposed to about e-cigarettes or vaporizers been positive or negative?
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Based on your previous answer. On a scale of 1-10, where 1 is unreliable and 10 is reliable, how reliable would you consider that information to be?
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Have you tried to quit smoking or using other forms of tobacco? (pipe, cigar, chewing tobacco)
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If you are you a current smoker or user of other forms of tobacco products? Did you try to switch to vaping (using an e-cigarette) but it did not work for you? If so, why did it not work for you?
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Are you currently suffering from any health ailments related to smoking, or using other forms of tobacco? (check any that apply)
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Do you agree that adults also enjoy candy, desserts or fruit flavours?
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On a scale of 1-10 (1 being the least pleasurable & 10 being most pleasurable) Would you agree that adults purchase candy, cakes or fruits for the pleasure of having them?
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On a scale of 1-10. 1 being the least appealing & 10 being the most appealing. Do you think flavoured e-cigarettes, e-liquids (candy, desserts or fruit flavours) are appealing to adults?
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On a scale of 1-10. 1 being the least pleasurable & 10 being the most pleasurable. Do you think adults would purchase flavoured e-liquids as a pleasurable side of vaping ?(using an e-cigarette)
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Do you think people who use a personal vaporizer or e-cigarette, who switched to using flavoured e-liquids such as desserts or candy flavours should accept being required to using ONLY tobacco flavoured e-liquids or un-flavoured e-liquids.
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If the option of vaping as a method of harm reduction from cigarettes was not available. (banned, over regulated, or outlawed). What do you think vapers would do? Check all that apply.
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Do you consider the new heat not burn cigarettes to be a form of harm reduction?
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Are you interested in learning more about e-cigarettes or personal vaporizers?
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If you are interested in learning more about e-cigarettes or vaping as an option to tobacco cigarettes or chewing tobacco. What information would you like to know?
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Are you aware of Canada's Bill S-5 currently before the Senate of Canada "An Act to Amend the Tobacco Act and the Non-Smokers’ Health Act" and to make consequential amendments to other Acts?" Which includes plain package requirement for cigarettes, and also, would categorize e-cigarettes the same as smoking?
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Are you a dual user of vaping products and tobacco products? (pipe, chewing tobacco - products with addictive properties.)
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At what age did you start smoking cigarettes or using other forms of tobacco such as cigars, chewing tobacco, pipe tobacco- products with addictive properties?
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Thinking back to when you began to smoke, what influences triggered your interest in it? (check all that apply)
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Would you still have started smoking or using other forms of addictive tobacco, given what you know now, in terms of how hard it is to quit?
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How many cigarettes in a day did you smoke, or use other forms of tobacco (cigars, chewing tobacco; pipe tobacco) prior to taking up vaping as a harm reduction strategy.
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Do you exclusively use an electronic cigarette or personal vaporizer now?
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Do you use an electronic cigarette or personal vaporizer fairly often, as in at least once a day?
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Do you use an e-cigarette, vaporizer only intermittently?
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How long have you been vaping?
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If you are a dual user, how many cigarettes do you smoke in one day or use other forms of tobacco - cigar, chewing, pipe tobacco?
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If you are a dual user, do you plan on exclusively using an electronic cigarette in the near future?
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When you first began to vape as an alternative to smoking, or using other forms of tobacco, which of the following items, tempted you to investigate vaping as a harm reduction strategy to smoking? (check all that apply)
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When you first started to vape what nicotine strength did you need?
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What type of device did you use when you first started vaping?
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When you first started vaping. What flavour profile with e-liquids, did you use most often? (check all that apply)
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Why do you use electronic cigarettes or PV's? (check all that apply)
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What type of device do you currently use for your vaping needs, to maintain your harm reduction lifestyle choice? Check all that apply
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What wattage or temperature setting do you normally use on your device? (enter wattage or temperature setting, if known)
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What is the resistance of coils you are currently using at the above wattage or temperature setting? (ohms)
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How often do you upgrade your vaping gear, devices, tanks?
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How long have you been using an e-cigarette /vaporizer?
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What flavours do you use most often NOW in your e-liquid or electronic cigarettes? (check any that apply)
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Can you please tell us the names of the flavours you use most often, for your ADV (all day vape) such as Zomberry, Gummy Bears, Blueberry Pie, Vanilla Custard, etc.
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What health benefits have you noticed since you switched from smoking to vaping as an alternative to smoking? (check all that apply)
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Why do you continue to vape at this time? Check all that apply.
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Can you further explain your reason for continuing to vape?
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What is your current nicotine level in your e-liquid?
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Did you feel pressured socially to lower your nicotine count by peer vapers who were using lower nicotine counts? Therefore, making you feel bad if you used a higher nicotine count.
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Did you feel pressured by the vaping industry to lower your nicotine count? Such as your strength was not available. (E-liquids only available in lower nicotine levels.)
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Do you feel pressured by the vaping industry to use high VG ratios in your e-liquid? (Manufacturers of e-liquid only producing high VG ratio e-liquids)
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Do you feel pressured by government health agencies, doctors, to stop using nicotine in your e-juice?
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Have you been pressured by health professionals to stop vaping?
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Do you feel stigmatized by the public at large that vaping is bad and made you feel socially unwelcome?
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Were you a former smoker or user of other tobacco products fairly regularly (at any time) prior to using an e-cigeratte? (meaning having 1 cigarette or other tobacco product- cigar, pipe, chewing tobacco - every 2-3 days)
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Were you smoking tobacco cigarettes or using other forms of tobacco (pipe, chewing, cigars) fairly regularly WHEN you started to use an e-cigarette. (fair regularly meaning 1 cigarette or more every 2-3 days)
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Have you taken a battery safety course at a local vape shop?
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Out of 100 people who ONLY SMOKE regular cigarettes and DO NOT vape. How many do you think will suffer from a serious smoking related health aliment in the near future? Enter in a percent 0%-100%
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Out of 100 people who ONLY VAPE e-cigarettes and DO NOT smoke at all. How many people do you think will experience a serious vaping related health issue or aliment in the near future? Enter in a percent 0%-100%
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If you were to continue your current pattern and ONLY VAPE e-cigarettes, and NEVER return to smoking traditional cigarettes or other forms of tobacco for 10 Years. What do you think is your chances of experiencing a serious health related ailment or disease in the future? Enter in a percentage 0%-100%
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Now imagine if you can, In Addition to VAPING REGULARLY, that you RE-START/ OR RETURN to smoking cigarettes on a regular basis for the next 10 years. What do you think will be your chances, then, on experiencing a serious health related ailment or disease in the future? Enter in a percentage 0%-100%
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Days when you can vape freely, how soon after you wake up use your e-cigarette or vaporizer?
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Do you sometime wake up in the night to use your e-cigarette or vaporizer?
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Do you use your vaporizer now because it is hard to quit?
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Do you ever have strong cravings to use your vaporizer?
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Over the last week, how strong are the urges you have to use your vaporizer?
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Is it hard for you to keep from using your vaporizer in places where vaping is not allowed?
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Do you become irritable when you can not use your vaporizer for a long period of time? (2-3 hours without)
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Do you become anxious, restless or nervous, when you can not use your vaporizer for a long period of time? (2-3 hours without)
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Has your interest in smoking tobacco cigarettes or using other forms of tobacco - pipe, chewing tobacco, cigars - changed since you began vaping on a full time basis?
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Do you plan at some point in the future to stop using your vaporizer / e-cigarette?
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If you had NOT started using a vaporizer / e-cigarettes, do you feel you would still be smoking traditional cigarettes or using other forms of tobacco - pipe, chewing tobacco, cigars, heat not burn tobacco products, on a regular basis? (as in at least every 2-3 days)
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Do you consider the new heat not burn cigarettes to be a form of harm reduction?
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How legislation and laws may affect people and their choice to use e-cigarettes /vaporizers as a harm reduction strategy.
If you were restricted to only use tobacco flavoured e-liquids, you would? Check all that apply.
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If you were restricted to only using unflavoured e-liquids; you would? Check all that apply.
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How important is flavoured e-liquid to you? (fruit, dessert flavoured e-liquid)
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On a scale of 1-10, where 1 indicates not important and 10 indicates extremely important. How important is it that nicotine remains available in e-liquids?
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Is your current country, province or state enforcing laws, by-laws or proposing laws or by-laws that would prevent your freedom to choose vaping as a safer alternative to combustible cigarettes?
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What type of by-laws, laws, regulations are in place in your country, province or state (including proposed ones). That would affect your ability to choose vaping as a harm reduction alternative to smoking tobacco cigarettes or other forms of tobacco. Or to maintain your choice to keep vaping as a harm reduction strategy. (check any that apply)
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As a vaper, or as a current dual user looking to switch to vaping full time as an alternative to smoking or using other forms of tobacco. How important are the following items to you? (check all that apply)
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As a current vaper, or dual user looking to switch to vaping full time as a harm reduction strategy to smoking cigarettes. Which of the following regulations would you consider to be fair? (check all that apply)
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As a current vaper, or dual user looking to go to vaping full time as a harm reduction strategy to smoking cigarettes. How important are the following items to NEW vapers just beginning with vaping? (check all that apply)
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As a current vaper, or dual user looking to e-cigarettes as an alternative to smoking cigarettes. How important is it, that vape shops and e-liquid manufacturers offer high nicotine (32 mg/ml) or offer a variety of PG/VG ratios to consumers?
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As a current vaper or dual user of tobacco and vape products. On a scale of 1-10, where 1 indicates not important and 10 indicates very important. How important is it to you, that regulation changes are based on the findings of unbiased independent, third party, scientific research and long term studies of vaping technologies and products?
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If refillable tanks, such as Kanger, Nautilus, various tank styles, etc. were removed from the market, would you:
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Are you aware of Canada's Bill S-5 currently before the Senate of Canada "An Act to Amend the Tobacco Act and the Non-Smokers’ Health Act" and to make consequential amendments to other Acts?"
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Do you agree with the Canada's Bill S-5 regulation that those under the age of 19 should be prohibited from purchasing vaping products or partaking in vaping activities?
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Do you agree that vaping products or the act of vaping should be included in the same laws as tobacco?
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Do you agree with the statement in Canada's Bill S-5? Non-smokers' Health Act (82-2) "Smoke- means to smoke, hold or otherwise have control over an ignited tobacco product or to vape using a vape product."
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With respect to the statement in Canada's Bill S-5 Regulation item: 7.8."Establishing standards respecting the characteristics of vaping products and their emissions, including the functions and the performance of the products, the sensory attributes - such as appearance and shape - of the products and their emissions, and the amounts and concentrations of substances that may be contained to the products or their emissions." .- - - After reading this statement, do you think this means they will enforce us to use only one style, or shape of vaporizers? Such as only a cig-a-like?
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Do you agree with Canada's Bill S-5 stance, that we will not be able to state that vaping products are safer, 95% safer than combustible cigarettes? Gag order restrictions on the benefits to those who switch to vaping from combustible cigarettes.
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What other products in the past have your tried to stop smoking; prior to trying vaping as a harm reduction strategy.
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Did any of the following above help?
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What percentage of success do you think vaping offers smokers, in terms of keeping them away from traditional cigarettes assuming a NEW Vaper does NOT have access to proper use of vaping technologies and support to guide them.
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What information do you want the general public to obtain from this survey? (check all that apply)
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On a scale of 1-10, where 1 is not safe and 10 is extremely safe, how much safer do you believe vaping is compared to smoking combustible cigarettes?
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Please describe how you are involved with vaping /vape technologies?
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Finally, how would you personally describe your vaping habits? Check all that apply.
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Non smoker, non vaper.
Do you personally know anyone who uses a vaporizer or e-cigarette?
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Check any that apply. Where have you obtained information about vaporizers or e-cigarettes?
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Has the information you have been exposed to about e-cigarettes or vaporizers been positive or negative?
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Based on your previous answer. On a scale of 1-10, where 1 is unreliable, and 10 is reliable, how reliable would you consider that information to be?
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What have you heard about personal vaporizers, ENDS (electronic nicotine delivery systems) or e-cigarettes? Check all that apply.
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Do you like the taste of flavourings in food items, such as candy or fruit flavours, and dessert flavours?
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Compared to when you were a child, how much do you enjoy sweet - fruit flavours?
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On a scale of 1-10, where 1 indicates the least pleasurable, and 10 indicates the most pleasurable, do you as an adult purchase candies, desserts, or fruit dishes for the pleasure of having them?
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Place on a scale of 1-10, where 1 indicates more appealing to juveniles, and 10 indicates more appealing to adults, sweet - fruit flavours.
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Do you feel that flavoured e-cigarettes, e-liquids (candy, desserts, fruit flavours) should be banned?
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On a scale of 1-10, where 1 indicates not helpful & 10 indicates most helpful. Would flavoured e-cigarettes /e-liquids (candy, dessert, fruit flavours) help steer adults away from combustible tobacco products?
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Do you think people who use a personal vaporizers or e-cigarettes, who switched to flavoured e-liquids such as desserts or candy flavours should accept ONLY using tobacco flavoured e-liquids or unflavoured e-liquids.
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Do you feel vapers should accept only using their vaping devices, in smoking areas?
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Do you feel that persons who vape, users of vaping technologies, would be discouraged from continuing vaping as harm reduction strategy if they were ONLY permitted to vape in designated smoking areas? (if they were trying to give up on tobacco products - cigarettes, cigars, chewing /pipe tobacco. )
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If the option of vaping as a method of harm reduction from cigarettes was not available anymore. (banned, over regulated; outlawed) What do you think vapors would do? Check any that apply.
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Do you think most NRT's such as the Nicorette patch, gum, or drugs like Chantix help smokers quit smoking?
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Do you think smokers have tried those other methods listed above, before trying vaping as a harm reduction alternative to smoking?
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What percentage of success do you think vaping (using an e-cigarette) has for former smokers? To help them stop smoking combustible cigarettes.
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Please check all places where a parent can bring their children into the store with them, as long as the adult accompanying the children is responsible for them.
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Do you think it is acceptable for parents to be able to bring their children into vape stores, if they have no alternative but to bring them with them.
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What legislation's or regulations do you feel are fair regulations/ by-laws for vapers, those who use an e-cigarette. Check any that apply.
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Are you aware of Canada's Bill S-5 currently before the Senate of Canada "An Act to Amend the Tobacco Act and the Non-Smokers’ Health Act" and to make consequential amendments to other Acts?" Which would incorporate vaping & vaping products into the same category as smoking.
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Please check all items that you consider to be harm reduction strategies?
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A few final questions.
Prior to doing this survey had you heard of the Tobacco Harm Reduction Association of Canada?
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Prior to doing this survey had you heard of the documentary movie "A Billion Lives?"
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Prior to doing this survey had you heard of the medical document by the Royal College of Physicians in England "Nicotine Without Smoke?"
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Prior to doing this survey had you heard of the Global Forum on Nicotine? (GFN)
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Prior to doing this survey had you heard of the report by the University of Victoria, British Columbia, Canada. "Clearing the Air?"
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Prior to doing this survey have you heard of the report done by the Canadian Constitution Foundation, which indicates Bill S5 could infringe on the Constitutional Rights of Canadian citizens to choose vaping as a harm reduction strategy to smoking?
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Please indicate where you heard about this survey.
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On a scale of 1-10, where 1 indicates not important & 10 indicates highly important. How important is it, that the consumers voice is heard in regards to the use of a harm reduction product, and safety concerns of those products.
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Do you agree with the following statement concerning harm reduction? "Harm reduction; values life, choice, respect and compassion over judgement, stigma, discrimination and punishment." (This means to meet the smoker where they are.)
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Various reports and organizations were mentioned in this survey. Would you like the links to these documents, reports and websites, to learn more information about them? (Such as "A Billion Lives," "Nicotine without Smoke," Global Forum on Nicotine, Canadian Senate's Bill S-5, Canadian Constitution Foundation report & "Clearing the Air" by University of Victoria, B.C, Canada.
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As a thank you for doing this survey. The Tobacco Harm Reduction Association of Canada. Will be holding a draw for the "autographed" Phil Busardo "Taste your Juice" mod - Innokin Cool Fire IV Plus - Storm Edition. As well, as a draws for 5 "original" "A Billion Lives" t-shirts - limited sizes, and 20 THRA "Be the Impact" t-shirts - most sizes. ALL global participants of the survey, are eligible for the draws, as a thank you for their time. The DRAW will take place LIVE on http://vapers.tv/thra_ca on Saturday July 15, 2017 @ 8pm EST; . Incentives prizes are a gift of thanks for doing the survey. Should you be one of the winners of a t-shirt, please indicate your t-shirt size. Sizes are limited on some items. Therefore, first win, first claims conditions will apply. ( winners will be contacted via email )
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If you would like more information about the THRA (Tobacco Harm Reduction Association of Canada) or about e-cigarettes (vaping). Please write to survey2017@thra.ca
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Would you like to receive a free subscription to the THRA? (Tobacco Harm Reduction Association of Canada) To receive periodic press releases, newsletters or other publications we put out into the public mainstream.
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