The majority of adults surveyed in 2015 by the Centers of Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) who were vapor products users were also found to be cigarette smokers.
The CDC’s National Health Interview Survey (NHIS), which was released Thursday, found that nearly 60 percent of adult vapor product users were current smokers, and that roughly 30 percent of those surveyed were former cigarette smokers.
“Among e-cigarette users 45 years or older, 98.7 percent were either current or former cigarette smokers while 1.3 percent had never been a cigarette smoker before. Among adults ages 18 to 24, 40 percent had never been smokers before,” reports The Hill.
This raises concerns among opponents of the vapor product industry over whether e-cigarettes are actually ineffective at reducing the rate of smoking among adult users, and whether vaping among non-smokers could act as a gateway to nicotine addiction and ultimately lead to cigarette use.
“If there is a public health benefit to the emergence of e-cigarettes, it will come only if they are effective at helping smokers stop using cigarettes completely, responsibly marketed to adult smokers and properly regulated to achieve these goals,” said Matthew Myers, president of The Campaign for Tobacco-Free Kids.