A recent study released by the Center for Disease control and prevention shows some interesting data. The CDC reports that between 2014 and 2018, the percentage of young adults aged 18-24 who currently smoke cigarettes in the United States has gone from 16.7% to 7.8%. This is an overall reduction of over 50%!
In that same time, the percentage of adults in this group who currently use electronic cigarettes (e-cigarettes) has increased from 5.1% to 7.6%. This is an increase of 33%.
The idea that increasing use of e-cigarettes will convert into an increase of adult smokers seems to be unfounded based on this CDC information. In contrast, the amount of young adult smokers has taken a significant reduction over the past 5 years.
The overall net result is 50% fewer young adults smoking cigarettes, and an overall increase in non smokers aged 18-24 from 78.2% non smokers to 84.6% non smokers.