New Gallup poll shows that Americans quit smoking at a rate higher than ever before. The new report comes a month after CDC revealed an increase in the usage rate of e-cigarettes.
By Renee Randazzo – December 13, 2015
According to the Gallup poll, the higher decline (12 percent compared to 10 years ago) has been observed in the young adults, aged 18 to 29. Among young adults, only 22 percent have been reporting to smoke tobacco cigarettes in 2015.
If in the early 2000s, this was the population with the higher smoking risk, now it is no different than other age groups. A month ago, CDC has also reported a high decrease in young adults 18 to 24-year-old.
According to recent reports, young population has given tobacco cigarettes for electronic ones. CDC has shown that among young adults from 18 to 24, 5.1 percent were regular vapers, with the rate decreasing to 4.7 percent in the middle-aged population, 25 to 44. Among the total population of the United States, about 12.6 percent have tried an e-cigarette at least once while 3.7 are constant users.
Since 2006, when they first entered the American market, e-cigarettes sales have been rising between 0.5 percent and 3.5 percent every year.
This report reveals that the anti-vaping activists’ concerns which said that e-cigarettes will raise the risk of smoking for non-smoking vapers were unfounded. According to CDC, only 0.4 percent of the regular vapers have never smoked tobacco and only 3.4 percent of them have tried an e-cigarette at least once. On the other side, among tobacco smokers, 55.4 percent of those who quit smoking have used e-cigarettes to replace tobacco.
The smoking rate is also decreasing among high schoolers, with 9.2 percent of them reporting that they have been smoking at least a cigarette during the past month. That is a 3.5 percent decrease compared to 2013. Also over the past two years, vapering among high schoolers increased from 4.5 percent to 13.4 percent.
Gallup report also reveals that about 20.4 percent of Americans are using two or more forms of tobacco, among which 2.5 percent are using more than three. Among the young population aged 18 to 29, about 23 percent are using two or more methods of tobacco while 4.9 use at least three.
The report indicates as possible causes of experimenting with tobacco alternatives among young people curiosity, peer influence and appealing flavors. Other causes might be the increased regulations and taxation, combined with the ban of smoking in public places.