Of the 1500 Canadians surveyed, nearly 90% backed a ban that would prohibit certain types of e-cigarette marketing that officials say is geared towards minors, even if they're using the product to quit smoking traditional tobacco.
The study also found that people were more likely to be in on the side of vapes and e-cigarettes if they were smokers themselves.
"These estimates are consistent with or higher than previous reports of cannabis use in e-cigarettes among United States and Canadian students", said the report, which did not examine overall rates of vaping among teens.
David Hammond, a tobacco control policy expert, said that while many young people have tried e-cigarettes, what should be of most concern is whether they are just experimenting or if they are vaping on a regular basis.
Of the people who used to smoke but quit, an overwhelming 36% stated that vapes do more harm, even though they are the demographic that may have been most positively impacted by the new technology. "If it does that, it will have a public health benefit", said Hammond, commenting on the survey findings. There's a strong association, but most of that is probably the type of kids that do risky behaviours.
One constant among all age ranges was the support for banning fruit, bubble gum, and other vape flavours that may be appealing for younger Canadians, though the 18 to 34 group appeared less enthusiastic than their seniors.
The US Food and Drug Administration will stage a massive education campaign aimed at the almost 10.7 million teens at risk for e-cigarette use and potential addiction, the agency said Tuesday.
With Files from the Canadian Press.