A week or so ago the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) released the 2015 data on smoking cigarettes. Here’s what was learned:
• 15.1% of adults smoke tobacco — a record low.
• It’s down 1.7% from 2014’s number of 16.8%.
And the number of smokers continues to drop. Since 2009 the smoking rate has fallen 27%.
And that leads to an interesting question. Are many of those now quitting cigarettes using e-cigarettes — or vaping — instead? The most recent figures Weekly Industry News could find are from 2014 and were released at the end of 2015 so the figures could be considerably higher by now.
• 3.7% of adults in the U.S. were using electronic cigarettes or vapor products on a regular basis.
• That’s roughly 9 million people says the U.S. Census Bureau.
The CDC then broke down its findings:
• Over half of current smokers — 47.6% — have tried e-cigarettes.
• Of former smokers — 55.4% — have tried an e-cigarette at least once.
• 15.9% of current smokers currently use e-cigarettes.
• A whopping 22% of former cigarette smokers now regularly use e-cigarettes.
Could that 22% figure account for the huge 1.7% drop in the number of smokers between 2014 and 2015 and the equally huge 27% fall since 2009? We could not find statistics to support the idea one way or the other, but it does make one wonder.
As for teen smoking, tobacco use is down but vaping is up:
• 5.3% of middle school students are vaping.
• 16% of high school students report they are using them.
• E-cigarette use has easily surpassed smoking tobacco in middle schools and high schools.
And why? Kids — it seems — are just as fond of vaping as those of legal age because they can smoke inside. Or so says 39% of those surveyed.