Table 4

The most positive and negative aspects of ecigarettes: open-ended comments from e-cigarette users

Number of comments


Positive points (total from three open-ended fields)

208

Taste and variety of flavours

38

Beneficial effects on health, breathing and cough

26

No unpleasant odours or bad breath

23

Inhalation, including harsh sensation in the throat and pleasure of inhaling

16

Less toxic than tobacco smoke

15

Facilitates smoking cessation

15

Can be used everywhere (the freedom)

15

The gestures or actions (similar to smoking)

13

Ease of use, design

10

Less expensive than cigarettes

9

No environmental tobacco smoke

8

Facilitates smoking reduction

5

No ash, dirt, or burned clothes

5

Can choose the dose of nicotine and number of puffs

5

Relieves craving for tobacco

3

Improves sense of smell and taste

2

Negative points (total from three open-ended fields)

154

Poor quality, lack of reliability and frequent failures

40

Batteries discharge too rapidly

27

Too expensive

14

Bad taste

14

Difficult or impractical to use; dosage is difficult to adjust

10

The liquid may leak during usage

10

Only sold on the internet

9

No studies or information on the composition of the vapour and the health risks of the e-cigarette

8

Cartridges do not last long enough

6

Difficult to stop using the ecigarette without relapsing to smoking

4

Too big or too heavy

3

Too often asked by friends or colleagues to explain the device

2

Miscellaneous

7


Etter BMC Public Health 2010 10:231   doi:10.1186/1471-2458-10-231

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