United States Vaping Statistics

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United States Vaping Statistics - Quitting Smoking

In the US, about 23.8% to 35.3% of adult smokers are using vapes to quit smoking. Further, about 71% of US adult smokers are willing to try e-cigarettes to quit smoking cigarettes.

Usage of Vapes to Quit Smoking

  • According to the CDC, about 49.1 million US adults used some form of tobacco product in 2018. Further, about 13.7% of US adults smoked cigarettes, 3.9% smoked cigars, and 3.2% used electronic cigarettes.
  • The CDC report also stated that about 55% of US adult smokers tried to quit smoking in 2018.
  • A survey on 467,000 adults revealed that e-cigarette use is highest among current smokers and recent quitters.
  • According to a survey by Gallup in 2018, it is found that 29% of US adult smokers also use vape along with cigarettes. Further, about 5% of smokers use vape regularly and 24% use vape occasionally
  • A recent survey on 15,943 US adults revealed that nearly 74.3% of smokers tried to quit smoking recently. It is found that 12,417 people (74.7%) used multiple techniques to quit smoking; 10,631 adults (65.3%) turned into a cold turkey; 9,682 adults (62%) reduced smoking gradually; 5,861 smokers (35.3%) substituted normal cigarettes with e-cigarettes; and 3,721 adults (24.7%) switched completely to using e-cigarettes.
  • In 2019, a survey by Insider on 1,102 adults revealed that nearly 37.5% of US adults planned to quit smoking gradually, 33.8% of smokers planned to turn into a cold turkey, and 23.8% of smokers planned to use e-cigarettes.
  • Another study published by the Tobacco Prevention and Cessation states that nearly 71% of US smokers are willing to try electronic vaping devices to quit smoking. Further, about 56% of cigarette only smokers and 88% of cigarettes and ENDS users showed interest in using e-cigarettes to quit smoking.

  • "Cigarette smoking among US adults fell to its lowest recorded level in 2018: 13.7%, according to a report published Thursday by the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention."
  • "The report estimated that 49.1 million US adults, or nearly 1 in 5, used any tobacco product in 2018. Cigarettes were the most common at 13.7%, followed by cigars, cigarillos and little filtered cigars, which were used by 3.9% of adults."
  • "E-cigarettes were the third most common tobacco product used by adults, at 3.2%. Their use rose from 2.8% in 2017, despite having been on the decline for several years prior. "
  • "This was attributed partly to increases in vaping among young adults 18 to 24, which jumped from 5.2% in 2017 to 7.6% in 2018."
  • "The data show a strong relationship between smoking conventional cigarettes and vaping among all adults -- not surprising, given that both behaviors function as ways to deliver nicotine into one's system. "
  • "Specifically, 29% of the relatively small number of all U.S. adults who say they smoked a traditional cigarette within the past seven days (n=133 in Gallup's July 1-11 survey) say they vape. That contrasts with 8% of former smokers and 5% of those who have never smoked."
  • "Smokers are also less likely than others to say that vaping is harmful to one's health. It is difficult with cross-sectional survey data to determine the precise reasons why people -- particularly young people -- decide to vape. It's also difficult to determine the time sequences involved among those who both smoke and vape. "
  • "Vaping could be a gateway to traditional cigarettes or vice versa -- that is, vaping could be the entry point for young people into smoking, or people could try vaping after starting to smoke cigarettes. "
  • "These current data show a significant overlap in the two smoking behaviors -- people who smoke conventional cigarettes are by far the most likely to be vaping. And vaping has become particularly prevalent among young people, even as their rate of smoking cigarettes has plummeted."
  • "The new study, published Wednesday in the New England Journal of Medicine, reports that 18 percent of smokers who switched to e-cigarettes had given up cigarettes after a year. That’s more than the 9.9 percent of people who stopped smoking using conventional quitting aids like the patch, gum, lozenges, or inhalers. "
  • "Researchers led by Peter Hajek, a professor of clinical psychology at the Wolfson Institute Of Preventive Medicine, found 886 people who wanted to quit smoking, and didn’t care how. For the first month, all of them received weekly one-on-one meetings with a clinician."
  • "Half also received their favorite nicotine replacement therapies, and half were given a starter kit for a refillable vape, including a bottle of Tobacco Royale flavored vape juice. "
  • "Of the people who kicked combustible cigarettes, 80 percent of the people in the vaping group were still using e-cigarettes when the trial ended. That’s a huge fraction compared to the only 9 percent of people who were still using traditional nicotine replacement therapies at that point. "
  • "Getting off nicotine completely wasn’t the goal of the study, and study participants weren’t told to do so, Goniewicz says. That’s a question for future research. "
  • "After a year, 18 percent of the e-cigarette users had quit smoking cigarettes, as had 10 percent of the nicotine replacement group."
  • "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."
  • "Roughly 10.8 million American adults are currently using e-cigarettes, and more than half of them are under 35 years old, a U.S. study suggests."
  • "The most common pattern of use in the U.S. is dual use, i.e. current use of both traditional cigarettes and electronic cigarettes."
  • "Just under 14% of American adults smoked cigarettes in 2018, a dramatic decline from the 42% adult smoking rate in 1965, according to researchers with the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention."
  • "About 55% of adult smokers tried to quit in 2018, up from nearly 53% in 2009. About 7.5% of smokers said they successfully quit in 2018, up from 6.3% in 2009. The "quit ratio" of smokers who permanently kicked the habit increased from about 52% in 2009 to about 62% in 2018."
  • "Other tobacco products used by adults include cigars (3.9%); e-cigarettes (3.2%); smokeless tobacco (2.4%), and pipes or hookahs (1%), according to the CDC's Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report, published Nov. 14."
  • "Overall, 74.7% of adult current cigarette smokers used multiple quit methods during their most recent quit attempt ( Table 1). "
  • "Giving up cigarettes all at once (65.3%) and gradually cutting back on cigarettes (62.0%) were the most commonly used methods to try to quit, followed by substituting some cigarettes with e-cigarettes (35.3%), using a nicotine patch or gum (25.4%), switching completely from cigarettes to e-cigarettes (24.7%), and switching from “regular” cigarettes to “mild” cigarettes (20.4%)."
  • "Quit methods used less often were getting help from a doctor or other health professional (15.2%), using smoking cessation medications approved by the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) (12.2%), and getting help from a website (7.1%) or a telephone quitline (5.4%)."
  • "Most adult e-cigarette users report currently using other tobacco products. According to data from Wave 1 of the PATH survey, among current users of e-cigarettes, 69.7 percent were current smokers, 8.6 percent quit smoking combustible tobacco cigarettes within the past year, and 5.7 percent were former smokers (abstained from smoking for more than 1 year) (Coleman et al., 2017). "
  • "Interestingly, 16 percent of adult current users of e-cigarettes reported having never smoked combustible tobacco cigarettes. Additionally, 39.2 percent of current e-cigarette users reported current use of other combustible tobacco products (filtered cigars, cigarillos, traditional cigars, hookahs, and pipes) and 8.9 percent reported current use of non-combustible tobacco products (smokeless tobacco [snus pouches, loose snus, moist snuff, dip, spit, or chewing tobacco] and dissolvable tobacco) (Coleman et al., 2017)."
  • "INSIDER recently polled 1,102 people about their 2019 resolutions, and 80 respondents said they wanted to kick a smoking habit. When asked which quitting strategy they planned to adopt in the new year, the top five answers were gradually reducing cigarette use, going cold turkey, using e-cigarettes, using nicotine patches, and taking prescription medication like Chantix."