Between 2017 and 2020, the use of e-cigarettes in America has increased despite a decline in its use among young adults.
The results of the study, released in JAMA, included more than 990,000 adults residing in the United States. Data was reported regarding e-cigarette use throughout 2017 and well into 2020 via the Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance System.
“The prevalence of daily e-cigarette use increased consistently, from 1.5% in 2017 to 2.1% in 2018 and 2.3% in 2020, with the most significant increase among adults aged 21 to 24 years,” the authors emphasized in the findings.
“In this study, a slight decrease in the prevalence of current e-cigarette use was found between 2018 and 2020; this decrease was mainly observed among young adults aged 18 to 20 years. In contrast, daily e-cigarette use consistently increased, particularly among young adults aged 21 to 24 years.”
“This increase in daily use suggests greater nicotine dependence among those who use e-cigarettes, warranting continued surveillance,” the authors further explained in the report.