According to the 2018 survey, 3.2% of adults (aged 18 and above) reported vaping regularly, and this was the same percentage recorded in 2016, reported Maria Villarroel PhD, and her colleagues from the NCHS. Additionally, 14.9% of respondents reported having ever tried an e-cigarette in 2018 versus 13.9% in 2014 and 15.3% in 2016, wrote the researchers in an NCHS Data Brief.
Most adults who quit smoking reported using e-cigarettes
In line with these figures, the latest data on vaping from the National Health Interview Survey (NHIS) has also found e-cigarette use most common amongst smokers who have recently quit, and also among current smokers.
Deputy director for policy for the anti-tobacco group Action of Smoking and Health (ASH) Chris Bostic, said that the evident role that e-cigarettes have in smoking cessation cannot be disregarded. However, teen vaping rates remain problematic.
“The ideal policy would be to find a way to give smokers ready access to these products with children having no access,” Bostic said. “But we’ve seen that this is hard. If e-cigarettes are on the market, kids are going to find them.”
As teen vaping increased, teen smoking rates decreased
According to the CDC, between 2018 and 2019 alone, e-cigarette use among middle-school and high-school students increased by 1.8 million, from 3.6 million to 5.4 million. However, many public health experts argue that these figures are being taken out of context. In fact a recent study published in Pediatrics, has indicated that as e-cigarette use increased between 2011 and 2018, teen cigarette smokers smoked fewer cigarettes per day and on fewer days.