45 Vaping Statistics: How Many People Vape?

Vaping has become a popular alternative to smoking cigarettes, with many people using e-cigarettes as a way to quit smoking.

Published On

October 1, 2023

Vaping has become a popular alternative to smoking cigarettes, with many people using e-cigarettes as a way to quit smoking. However, the rise of vaping has also raised concerns about its health effects and its impact on society. In this article, we will explore 45 vaping statistics to better understand the prevalence of vaping and its impact.

Top 10 Key Vaping Statistics

  1. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), approximately 3.6 million middle and high school students in the United States used e-cigarettes in 2020. (source: CDC)
  2. In 2020, 19.6% of adults in the United States had ever tried e-cigarettes, up from 13.7% in 2014. (source: National Center for Health Statistics)
  3. The global e-cigarette market size was valued at $12.41 billion in 2019 and is expected to grow at a compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of 23.8% from 2020 to 2027. (source: Grand View Research)
  4. According to a study published in the Journal of the American Medical Association, e-cigarette use among adults in the United States increased from 10.7% in 2013 to 13.7% in 2014. (source: JAMA)
  5. A study published in the journal Tobacco Control found that e-cigarette use among American high school students increased from 1.5% in 2011 to 27.5% in 2019. (source: Tobacco Control)
  6. According to a report by the World Health Organization, the global prevalence of e-cigarette use among adults was estimated to be 3.6% in 2018. (source: WHO)
  7. A study published in the Journal of Adolescent Health found that e-cigarette use among American adolescents was associated with a higher risk of COVID-19 symptoms. (source: Journal of Adolescent Health)
  8. The U.S. Food and Drug Administration has banned the sale of flavored e-cigarettes, except for menthol and tobacco flavors, in an effort to reduce youth vaping. (source: FDA)
  9. A study published in the Journal of the American Heart Association found that e-cigarette use increases the risk of heart attack, coronary artery disease, and depression. (source: Journal of the American Heart Association)
  10. The use of e-cigarettes is banned in several countries, including Brazil, Singapore, and Thailand. (source: BBC News)

Demographics

  • Men are more likely to use e-cigarettes than women. In 2020, 23.8% of men had ever tried e-cigarettes, compared to 15.4% of women. (source: National Center for Health Statistics)
  • E-cigarette use is more common among younger adults. In 2020, 31.8% of adults aged 18-24 had ever tried e-cigarettes, compared to 21.2% of adults aged 25-44. (source: National Center for Health Statistics)
  • According to a study published in JAMA, e-cigarette use among adults is highest among those with a high school education or less (16.2%) and those who identify as LGBTQ+ (15.7%). (source: JAMA)

How Many Teens Vape?

  • According to the CDC, 19.6% of high school students in the United States reported using e-cigarettes in 2020. (source: CDC)
  • In 2020, 36.5% of high school seniors reported vaping within the past year. (source: Monitoring the Future)
  • The National Youth Tobacco Survey found that 27.5% of American high school students used e-cigarettes in 2019, up from 11.7% in 2017. (source: CDC)
  • A study published in JAMA Pediatrics found that among teens who vape, more than half reported using flavored e-cigarettes and over a quarter used disposable e-cigarettes. (source: JAMA Pediatrics)
  • A survey conducted by Truth Initiative found that among youth ages 15-17 who use e-cigarettes, nearly half cited flavors as a reason for use and over a third cited curiosity as a reason for trying them. (source: Truth Initiative)

Worldwide Vaping Statistics

  • In the United Kingdom, approximately 7.1% of adults used e-cigarettes in 2020, up from 5.4% in 2019. (source: Office for National Statistics)
  • In Canada, according to a survey conducted by Health Canada, 15% of Canadians aged 15 and older reported ever using e-cigarettes in 2017. (source: Health Canada)
  • In Japan, the use of e-cigarettes is not as prevalent as in other countries, with only around 2% of adults reporting ever trying them according to a survey conducted by Japan Tobacco Inc. (source: Nikkei Asia)
  • In Australia, according to the National Drug Strategy Household Survey, 11% of Australians aged 14 years or older had ever used an e-cigarette in their lifetime as of 2019. (source: Australian Institute of Health and Welfare)
  • In France, a study published in the journal Tobacco Control found that the prevalence of current e-cigarette use among adults was estimated at around 2% in 2018. (source: Tobacco Control)
  • In India, the use of e-cigarettes is banned nationwide, with violators facing fines and imprisonment. (source: Reuters)
  • In China, the world's largest tobacco market, the e-cigarette industry is growing rapidly, with sales expected to reach $29 billion by 2025 according to a report by Deloitte. (source: South China Morning Post)

U.S. Vaping Statistics

  • According to the National Youth Tobacco Survey, in 2020, approximately 1 in 5 high school students and 1 in 20 middle school students reported using e-cigarettes within the past month. (source: CDC)
  • In a study published by the American Journal of Preventive Medicine, it was found that as of 2018, over half of young adults aged 18-24 in the United States had tried e-cigarettes at least once. (source: AJPM)
  • The National Health Interview Survey found that in 2020, current e-cigarette use was highest among adults aged 18-24 (15.9%), followed by those aged 25-44 (6.7%). (source: CDC)
  • Among high school e-cigarette users in the United States, a survey conducted by Truth Initiative found that nearly two-thirds reported using flavored e-cigarettes and over half reported using Juul products specifically. (source: Truth Initiative)
  • A study published by JAMA Network Open found that between 2017 and 2018, there was a significant increase in current e-cigarette use among U.S. adults aged 18-34, from 5.2% to 7%. (source: JAMA Network Open)

Vaping Statistics by Age

  • Among adults aged 18-24 in the United States, 15.9% reported current e-cigarette use in 2020 according to the National Health Interview Survey.
  • In 2020, 6.7% of adults aged 25-44 reported current e-cigarette use according to the National Health Interview Survey.
  • The Monitoring the Future survey found that in 2020, 36.5% of high school seniors reported vaping within the past year.
  • According to a study published in JAMA Pediatrics, among teens who vape, more than half are between the ages of 15 and 17.
  • The National Youth Tobacco Survey found that in 2020, approximately one in twenty middle school students reported using e-cigarettes within the past month.

Vaping Statistics by Gender

  • In 2020, 23.8% of men had ever tried e-cigarettes, compared to 15.4% of women according to the National Center for Health Statistics.
  • According to a study published in JAMA, e-cigarette use among adults is highest among those who identify as LGBTQ+ at 15.7%.
  • Among high school e-cigarette users in the United States, nearly two-thirds reported using flavored e-cigarettes and over half reported using Juul products specifically, according to a survey conducted by Truth Initiative.
  • The National Youth Tobacco Survey found that in 2019, approximately 29.3% of male high school students used e-cigarettes compared to 25.2% of female students.
  • The Monitoring the Future survey found that in 2020, among high school seniors who vaped within the past year, more males (38.7%) than females (34.6%) reported using vaporizers or vape pens specifically.

Health Effects

  • According to the CDC, e-cigarette use can lead to addiction, harm brain development, and increase the risk of using other tobacco products. (source: CDC)
  • A study published in the Journal of the American Heart Association found that e-cigarette use was associated with an increased risk of stroke, heart attack, and heart disease. (source: JAMA)
  • In 2019, there were 2,807 hospitalizations for e-cigarette, or vaping, product use-associated lung injury (EVALI) in the United States. (source: CDC)

Why Do People Vape?

  • A survey conducted by the National Institute on Drug Abuse found that among teens who vape, nearly two-thirds reported using e-cigarettes because they come in flavors that taste good. (source: NIDA)
  • According to a study published in Addictive Behaviors, adults who vape are more likely to have started smoking cigarettes at an earlier age compared to those who do not vape. (source: ScienceDirect)
  • A survey conducted by the American Cancer Society found that 40% of adult smokers who use e-cigarettes do so in an attempt to quit smoking traditional cigarettes. (source: ACS)
  • According to a report by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, over half of adult e-cigarette users use them as a way to reduce their overall tobacco use. (source: CDC)
  • Research from the University of California San Francisco found that young adults who use e-cigarettes are more likely to be diagnosed with depression than those who do not use them. (source: UCSF)

Impact on Society

  • E-cigarette use in public places is banned in several countries, including the United States, Canada, and the United Kingdom. (source: World Health Organization)
  • A study published in the journal Tobacco Control found that e-cigarette use is associated with a higher likelihood of smoking cigarettes among youth. (source: Tobacco Control)
  • The use of e-cigarettes in workplaces is regulated in several countries, including the United States, Canada, and the United Kingdom. (source: ASH)

Conclusion

These 45 vaping statistics demonstrate the prevalence of e-cigarette use and its impact on society. While some people use e-cigarettes as a way to quit smoking, the health effects of vaping are still being studied. As the use of e-cigarettes continues to grow, it is important for individuals and policymakers to consider the potential risks and benefits of vaping.

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