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QuickStats: Percentage* of Adults Aged ≥18 Years Who Currently Use E-Cigarettes, by Sex and Age Group — National Health Interview Survey,§ 2016


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The figure above is a bar chart showing that in 2016, 3.8% of men and 2.6% of women aged ≥18 years currently used e-cigarettes. Among men, current e-cigarette use decreased with advancing age, from 7.1% among men aged 18–24 years to 4.8% among men aged 25–49 years, 2.6% among men 50–64 years, and 1.1% among men aged ≥65 years. Among women, current e-cigarette use increased between ages 18–24 years (2.3%) and 25–49 years (3.3%) and decreased between ages 50–64 years (3.0%) and ≥65 years (0.9%). A greater percentage of men aged 18–24 years and 25–49 years currently used e-cigarettes compared with women in the same age groups. (12.6%), and the District of Columbia (8.6%). The prevalence of any hearing loss was highest in West Virginia (24.7%), Oregon (24.6%), Montana (23.8%), Idaho (23.1%), and Wyoming (22.3%).

* With 95% confidence intervals indicated with error bars.

Based on a positive response to the question “Have you ever used an e-cigarette even one time?” and a response of “every day” or “some days” to the follow-up question “Do you now use e-cigarettes every day, some days, or not at all?” The denominator was adults aged ≥18 years.

§ Estimates are based on household interviews of a sample of the civilian, noninstitutionalized U.S. population and are derived from the National Health Interview Survey Sample Adult component.

In 2016, 3.8% of men and 2.6% of women aged ≥18 years currently used e-cigarettes. Among men, current e-cigarette use decreased with advancing age, from 7.1% among men aged 18–24 years to 4.8% among men aged 25–49 years, 2.6% among men 50–64 years, and 1.1% among men aged ≥65 years. Among women, current e-cigarette use increased between ages 18–24 years (2.3%) and 25–49 years (3.3%) and decreased between ages 50–64 years (3.0%) and ≥65 years (0.9%). A greater percentage of men aged 18–24 years and 25–49 years currently used e-cigarettes compared with women in the same age groups.

Source: National Health Interview Survey, 2016. https://www.cdc.gov/nchs/nhis/index.htm.


Reported by: Anjel Vahratian, PhD, AVahratian@cdc.gov, 301-458-4436; Lindsey I. Black, MPH; Charlotte A. Schoenborn, MPH.

Suggested citation for this article: QuickStats: Percentage of Adults Aged ≥18 Years Who Currently Use E-Cigarettes, by Sex and Age Group — National Health Interview Survey, 2016. MMWR Morb Mortal Wkly Rep 2018;66:1412. DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.15585/mmwr.mm665152a7.

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