In each edition of Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report (MMWR), CDC’s National Center for Health Statistics (NCHS) produces a feature called QuickStats. The purpose of QuickStats is to briefly highlight data from NCHS data collection programs in a single figure.
This week, QuickStats highlights the percentage of U.S. adults who had ever used an e-cigarette and the percentage who currently used (every day or some days) e-cigarettes. These data come from the 2016 National Health Interview Survey, which first started collecting this information on e-cigarettes in 2014.
The findings of the QuickStats show that in 2016, 15.4% of US adults aged 18 and older had ever used an e-cigarette and 3.2% currently used (every day or some days) e-cigarettes. The proportion of adults who were ever e-cigarette users decreased with age; ever use ranged from 23.5% among adults aged 18–24 years to 4.5% among adults aged ≥65 years. Similarly, the proportion of adults who were current e-cigarette users decreased with age; current use was 4.5% among adults aged 18–24 years, 4.2% among adults aged 25–44 years, 2.9% among adults aged 45–64 years, and 1.0% among those aged ≥65 years.
Although not presented in this QuickStats, these 2016 overall estimates of ever e-cigarette use (15.4%) were significantly higher than 2014 (12.6%), while estimates of current use (3.2%) were generally similar to 2014 (3.7%).