United States Vaping Statistics

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United States Vaping Statistics - Quitting Smoking

About one-third of smokers in the US are using vapes to quit smoking, while almost 30% of vapers in the country vape to stop smoking. Studies have revealed that most teenagers vape to stay trendy.

Smokers Using Vaping to Quit Smoking

  • So far, 30% of US smokers vape to quit smoking.
  • Around 29.8% of vapers in the US vape to quit smoking and have completely switched to vaping.
  • Almost 60% of vapers in the US reduce the amount of cigarettes they smoke or smoke the same cigarette amount while vaping.
  • In the US, most teenagers vape because it is a new, trendy habit. They do not vape as a means to quit smoking.
  • A study published by the New England Journal of Medicine revealed that 82% of vapers did not quit smoking after a year. Among those who actually quit smoking, 80% continued vaping.
  • According to a Gallop poll, 20% of Americans between ages 18 to 29 vape, while 8% of Americans between ages 30 to 64 vape, and less than 0.5% aged 65 and older vape.
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United States Vaping Statistics - Percentage Change

Over the past 5 years, there has been a 50% decrease in the number of smokers in the United States who used e-cigarette as a tool to quit smoking. The main reason for the decline is a result of the increasing awareness of harmful cancer-causing chemicals in the e-cigarette. In 2019, 20% of smokers in the US quit smoking by using an e-cigarette, compared to 40% in 2015.

Percentage Change of Smokers Using Vaping to Quit Smoking

  • Over the past 5 years, there has been a 50% decrease in the number of smokers in the United States who used e-cigarette as a tool to quit smoking.
  • The primary reason for this decline is attributed to the increasing awareness of the potential harm of cancer-causing chemicals in the e-cigarette.
  • In 2019, 20% of smokers in the US quit smoking by using an e-cigarette, while 80% continued vaping.
  • In 2018, 29.8% of smokers in the US quit smoking using an e-cigarette.
  • In 2017, 30% of smokers in the US quit smoking using an e-cigarette, while 70% continued using an e-cigarette.
  • In 2016, 29% of smokers in the US quit smoking using an e-cigarette.
  • In 2015, about 40% of smokers in the US quit smoking using an e-cigarette.

RESEARCH STRATEGY

To locate the percentage change over the past 5 years, in the number of smokers in the US who use vapes (e-cigarettes) as a tool to quit smoking, we began by combing through credible reports and studies conducted by scholars in the Universities. We utilized the ScienceDaily report, Reuters reports, CNN News, and Ruthlessvapor report. While we were able to locate the percentage of smokers in the US who use vapes (e-cigarettes) as a tool to quit smoking from 2015 to 2019, there was no publicly available information regarding the percentage change over the past five years.

We went further to triangulate the percentage change using the available information. Continue below for a step by step walkthrough into our calculations.

CALCULATIONS

Percentage Change = [(new value — old value) / old value] x 100%
New value = 20% (2019 figure)
Old value = 40% (2015 figure)
Therefore,
Percentage change = [(20% — 40%) / 40%] x 100% = 50%


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United States Vaping Statistics - Both Options

Around one in seven (14.4%) traditional cigarette smokers also vape. Individuals most likely to use vaping products are those in their 20s, traditional cigarette smokers, unemployed adults and LGBT individuals.

Percentage of Smokers Using Vapes and Cigarettes

  • A US-based study from just last year conducted by Dr. Michael Blaha, "director of clinical research for the Johns Hopkins Ciccarone Center for the Prevention of Heart Disease in Baltimore", found that 14.4% of traditional cigarette smokers also vaped.
  • The dual use of e-cigarettes and traditional cigarettes is a common pattern observed among e-cigarette users.
  • In 2014, one-sixth (15.9%) of traditional cigarette smokers in the United States used e-cigarettes, so the rate is actually decreasing.
  • There were 43.4 million traditional adult cigarette smokers and 6.9 million e-cigarette smokers in the United States in 2017. Overall, there were 47.4 million US adults using some or the other form of tobacco.
  • Nine million (19% of the 47.4 million tobacco users) individuals in the United States consumed two or more types of tobacco products in 2017.
  • People most likely to use e-cigarettes are "twenty-somethings, smokers of traditional cigarettes, unemployed adults, and people who identify as lesbian, bisexual, gay, and transgender (LGBT)".
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United States Vaping Statistics - Smokers That Have Quit

According to a 2019 report provided by the House of Commons Research Library, the current percentage of former smokers of cigarettes that have quit cigarette smoking by switching to vape (e-cigarette) is 11.5%.

Percentage of Ex-cigarette Smokers that are using Vape

  • The current percentage of former smokers of cigarettes that have quit cigarette smoking by switching to vape (e-cigarette) is 11.5%.
  • In 2018, the percentage of former smokers of cigarettes that have quit cigarettes smoking by switching to vape (e-cigarette) was 7.6% in the United States.
  • In the United States, the prevalence of vape (e-cigarette) use grew from 2.8% in 2017 to 3.2% in 2018 as cigarette smoking reached an all-time low, 13.7%.
  • Approximately 55% of adult smokers in the United States tried to quit smoking in 2018.
  • According to the House of Commons Research Library, 33% of adults use vapes to quit smoking.
  • The prevalence of e-cigarette use among persons aged 18 to 24 years grew from 5.2% in 2017 to 7.6% in 2018.
  • In 2018, 8.1 million (3.2%) of the United States adults used vape (e-cigarette).
  • The sales of vape products like JUUL (a pod-mod device) grew by approximately 600% from 2016 to 2017.

Additional Data Points (Historical Data)

  • In 2015, 58.8% of vape users were current regular cigarette smokers (adult).
  • 29.8% of adult vape smokers were former regular cigarette smokers in 2015.
  • In 2014, 47.6% of cigarette smokers who recently (less than a year) quit smoking were more likely to use e-cigarette than those who quit for more than a year, 55.4%.
  • 22.0% of ex-cigarette smokers used e-cigarette in 2014.
  • 15.9% of current cigarette smokers used e-cigarette in 2014.

Research Strategy

Your research team leveraged publicly available data on the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), medical journals, and media sources like WebMD, Reuters, the House of Commons Research Library, and Annals of Internal Medicine to provide the requested information. The House of Commons Research Library and CDC sources were leveraged to provide the current (2019) and most recent (2018) information respectively.
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From Part 03
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  • "Overall, 1.4 percent of people in the study who never smoked traditional cigarettes used e-cigarettes, as did 7.6 percent of ex-smokers and 14.4 percent of current smokers."
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  • "In 2017, an estimated 47.4 million U.S. adults (19.3%) currently used any tobacco product. Among current tobacco product users, 86.7% (41.1 million) smoked combustible tobacco products, and 19.0% (9.0 million) used two or more tobacco products."
  • "In 2017, an estimated 47.4 million U.S. adults (19.3%) currently used any tobacco product, including cigarettes (14.0%; 34.3 million); cigars, cigarillos, or filtered little cigars (3.8%; 9.3 million); electronic cigarettes (e-cigarettes) (2.8%; 6.9 million); smokeless tobacco (2.1%; 5.1 million); and pipes, water pipes, or hookahs (1.0%; 2.6 million)."
  • "Among U.S. adults in 2017, 19.3% (estimated 47.4 million) currently used any tobacco product and 16.7% (41.1 million; 86.7% of current tobacco users) used any combustible tobacco product (Table). "
  • "Among current tobacco product users, the proportion who were daily users was 75.0% for cigarettes, 58.2% for smokeless tobacco, 40.5% for e-cigarettes, 12.4% for cigars, and 10.6% for pipes."
  • "Among multiple tobacco product users, 84.1% used two products, 13.4% used three products, and 2.5% used four or more products. The most prevalent tobacco product combinations were cigarettes and e-cigarettes (30.1%), followed by cigarettes and cigars (29.2%) (Figure 2)."
From Part 04
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  • "About 7.5% of smokers said they successfully quit in 2018, up from 6.3% in 2009."
  • "About 55% of adult smokers tried to quit in 2018, up from nearly 53% in 2009."
  • "The "quit ratio" of smokers who permanently kicked the habit increased from about 52% in 2009 to about 62% in 2018."
  • "But 1 in 5 adults are still using some form of tobacco, and the boom in vaping threatens to undermine progress against cigarette smoking, experts said."
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  • "In 2015, among adult e-cigarette users overall, 58.8% also were current regular cigarette smokers, 29.8% were former regular cigarette smokers, and 11.4% had never been regular cigarette smokers.7"
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  • "Cigarettes were the most commonly used tobacco product (13.7%; 34.2 million). Prevalence estimates of use of the other tobacco products in 2018 were as follows: cigars (3.9%; 9.6 million); e-cigarettes (3.2%; 8.1 million); smokeless tobacco (2.4%; 5.9 million); and pipes (1.0%; 2.6 million)."
  • "During 2017–2018, the prevalence of e-cigarette use increased from 2.8% to 3.2% (p = 0.029), and the prevalence of smokeless tobacco use increased from 2.1% to 2.4% (p = 0.047)."
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  • "Overall, 1.4 percent of people in the study who never smoked traditional cigarettes used e-cigarettes, as did 7.6 percent of ex-smokers and 14.4 percent of current smokers."