Using data from the 2017-2018 National Health Interview Survey (NHIS), the CDC researchers calculated that 5.3 million out of approximately 156 million U.S. adult workers were current e-cigarette users (“current” refers both to users who vape daily or only on some days). Between 2014 and 2016, that figure was estimated at 5.2 million.
The study also found that daily use was highest in trade industry occupations. “Daily e-cigarette use was highest among workers in the wholesale trade industry and production occupations. Among e-cigarette users, the prevalence of current combustible tobacco product use was highest among workers in the other services industry (including repair and maintenance, private household, and laundry services) and transportation and material moving occupations.”
Drop in smoking and vaping
Other CDC data released in December, indicated that “tobacco use”, a classification which also includes non-tobacco products such as vapes, has dropped. Thankfully combustible cigarette use remains significantly lower than e-cigarette use, even though the latter has dropped aswell.
One in six U.S. teens used tobacco, reported the CDC. “Electronic cigarettes (e-cigarettes) were the most commonly used tobacco product among high school (19.6%; 3.02 million) and middle school (4.7%; 550,000) students,” read the CDC report.
“From 2019 to 2020, decreases in current use of any tobacco product, any combustible tobacco product, multiple tobacco products, e-cigarettes, cigars, and smokeless tobacco occurred among high school and middle school students; these declines resulted in an estimated 1.73 million fewer current youth tobacco product users in 2020 than in 2019 (6.20 million),” continued the report.