Many inside and outside the tobacco industry are keeping a keen eye on ecigarette usage trends. They are paying close attention on who uses them, how many, and what type of ecigarettes people are choosing to use.
One group that has paid particularly close attention to vaping trends is the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA). They are currently administering a long term study on ecigarette use, which began in 2013 and will continue through 2022.
The goal of the study is to gather data to gain a better understanding of tobacco and ecigarette use behaviors.
“The data is being collected from 46,000 U.S. residents ages 12 and older that use and do not use tobacco products. E-cigarettes are one of many areas that are being investigated in the study, and the FDA may use the final findings of the PATH study to propose future tobacco regulations,” says Convenience Stores Decisions.
The results will have a clear influence on future laws and legislation regarding ecigarette use.
Early Ecigarette Survey Results Revealed
The FDA has released some of the early findings from its Population Assessment of Tobacco and Health (PATH) study. Based on the current data that has been compiled, here are the research findings thus far:
- 5% of adults in the study used an e-cigarette in the past month.
- 40% of adults who use e-cigarettes used an e-cigarette less than three times in the past 30 days.
- 8% of current e-cigarette users were also current tobacco smokers.
- 83% of 18- to 24-year-olds who use e-cigarettes have a preference for flavored e-cigarettes.
- 63% of adults 25 years old and older who use e-cigarettes have a preference for flavored e-cigarettes.
Perhaps one of the most interesting findings from the survey results is the number of e-cigarette users who are also tobacco smokers. Only 8% of ecigarette users smoke traditional cigarettes, as well – this suggests that ecigarettes are not a gateway to smoking as many vaping opponents suggest.