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Nearly Half of Ohio Young Adults Report Using an E-Cigarette

Nov 9, 2018

Data from the 2018 Ohio Health Issues Poll (OHIP) show that 43% of Ohio adults ages 18 to 29 have tried e-cigarettes. Usage among adults age 30 to 45 was also substantial, with 31% of respondents indicating they use or have used such a device.

Electronic cigarettes, commonly known as e-cigarettes, are battery-powered devices used to inhale vaporized liquid. The liquid can contain nicotine or other substances. Usage of e-cigarettes can also be referred to as vaping.

When looking at Ohio adults of all ages, OHIP found that about 2 in 10 (23%) reported that they’d ever used an e-cigarette, which is similar to rates found in previous OHIP polls.

“Many think they are safer by using devices like e-cigarettes; however, exposure of any kind to nicotine is concerning,” said Dr. O’dell Moreno Owens, President and CEO of Interact for Health. “These devices deliver nicotine, which is highly addictive and can harm adolescent brain development. Thus, as Interact for Health and our partners look at ways to reduce tobacco use in our communities, addressing e-cigarettes is a key component.”

Ohio adults are vaping more than peers across the U.S.: Data from the 2017 National Health Interview Survey show that 14% of American adults had used an e-cigarette.

Regular use also higher than U.S. average

Among adults who reported ever using an e-cigarette, OHIP looked at regular usage patterns, defined as consuming every day or some days. It found that 30% who have tried an e-cigarette now use the devices every day or some days. Again, these rates are higher than the U.S. average of 19%, according to the 2017 National Health Interview Survey.

Most favor tax on e-cigarettes

Finally, OHIP asked adults whether they favored or opposed the State of Ohio imposing a tax on e-cigarettes, similar to the $1.60 per pack tax on traditional cigarettes. Nearly 6 in 10 Ohio adults (56%) supported such a tax.

About the Ohio Health Issues Poll

The 2018 Ohio Health Issues Poll (OHIP) is sponsored by Interact for Health. OHIP was conducted May 22-June 19, 2018, by the Institute for Policy Research at the University of Cincinnati. A random sample of 816 adults from throughout Ohio was interviewed by telephone. This included 363 landline telephone interviews and 452 cell phone interviews. In 95 out of 100 cases, statewide estimates will be accurate to ± 3.4%. There are other sources of variation inherent in public opinion studies, such as non-response, question wording, or context effects that can introduce error or bias. For more information about the Ohio Health Issues Poll, please visit https://www.interactforhealth.org/about-ohip/.

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