To Vape Or
Not To Vape?
Approx. 1 out of 8 U.S. adults smoke cigarettes. A new study says e-cigarette use is on the rise, especially among young people.
According to new U.S. study of self-reported e-cigarette smokers 18+:
“The most common pattern of use in the U.S. is dual use, i.e. current use of both traditional cigarettes and electronic cigarettes.”
Dr. Michael Blaha, study co-author
- Nearly 1 in 20 adults vape with 1 in 3 e-cigarette users vaping daily
- 15% never smoked cigarettes
- More than 50% are below 35
E-cigarettes are NOT an FDA-approved quit smoking aid.
E-cigarettes are considered a “tobacco product” because they contain nicotine, which is highly addictive and derived from tobacco.
“E-cigarette aerosol generally contains fewer toxic chemicals than the deadly mix of 7,000 chemicals in smoke from regular cigarettes. However, e-cigarette aerosol is not harmless. It can contain harmful and potentially harmful substances, including nicotine, heavy metals like lead, volatile organic compounds, and cancer-causing agents.”
E-cigarettes are the most commonly used tobacco product among U.S. adolescents. According to a 2018 National Academy of Medicine report, e-cigarette use in adolescence increases the frequency & quantity of future cigarette smoking.
- Smoking is down, but almost 38 million American adults still smoke: https://www.cdc.gov/media/releases/2018/p0118-smoking-rates-declining.html
- Prevalence and Distribution of E-Cigarette Use Among U.S. Adults: Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance System, 2016:
- Almost one in 20 U.S. adults now use e-cigarettes:
- Electronic Cigarettes, What is the bottom line?: [https://www.cdc.gov/tobacco/basicinformation/e-cigarettes/pdfs/Electronic-Cigarettes-Infographic-508.pdf](https://www.cdc.gov/tobacco/basicinformation/e-cigarettes/pdfs/Electronic-Cigarettes-Infographic-508.pdf)
- Electronic Cigarettes (E-cigarettes): https://www.drugabuse.gov/publications/drugfacts/electronic-cigarettes-e-cigarettes
- Quick Facts on the Risks of E-cigarettes for Kids, Teens, and Young Adults: [https://www.cdc.gov/tobacco/basicinformation/e-cigarettes/Quick-Facts-on-the-Risks-of-E-cigarettes-for-Kids-Teens-and-Young-Adults.html](https://www.cdc.gov/tobacco/basicinformation/e-cigarettes/Quick-Facts-on-the-Risks-of-E-cigarettes-for-Kids-Teens-and-Young-Adults.html)
by Jenna Lee,