22.0 % of US ex-smokers who stopped for a year regularly use the e-cigarette
The National Center for Health Statistics (NCHS), which depends on the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has released the results of a survey conducted in 2014 on the use of electronic cigarettes by American adults.
- In 2014, 12.6% of American adults had experimented the e-cigarette,
- Among smokers who attempted to quit in the past year, 55.3% have experimented the e-cigarette and 20.3% use it regularly.
- 40.2% of smokers who never attempted to quit have the experimented it and 11.8% use it.
- Smokers and ex-smokers who quit in the past year are respectively 47.6% and 55.4% to have experimented the e-cigarette. They are only 8.9% among ex-smokers for more than a year and 3.2% among those who never smoked.
- The gap widens when paying attention to the pattern. Smokers and ex-smokers who quit in the past year are respectively 15.9% and 22.0% to use e-cigarettes on a regular basis. They are only 2.3% among ex-smokers for more than a year and 0.4% in those who had never smoked.
As pointed out by Michael Siegel on his blog, these data suggest that electronic cigarettes are closely associated with smoking cessation attempts and the actual withdrawal.
Can these new data influence US lawmakers and especially the FDA that seems to take the path of a drastic supervision of the e-cigarette?