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The Short Answer
What Percentage of Americans Vape?
The Short Answer

What Percentage of Americans Vape?

by Zach Hrynowski and Megan Brenan

WASHINGTON, D.C. -- According to a July 2021 Gallup poll, 6% of U.S. adults say they have vaped (that is, used e-cigarettes) within the past week.

U.S. adults remain more likely to report smoking cigarettes (16%) than vaping, although cigarette smoking has declined over the past three decades. While vaping is not approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration as a smoking cessation method, some people use it as such.

Vaping is more popular among some demographic subgroups than others:

  • Young adults aged 18 to 29 are most likely to vape. The 17% of 18- to 29-year-olds who report vaping regularly is nearly three times the national average.
  • Americans with an annual household income of less than $40,000 are significantly more likely than those in higher income groups to say they use e-cigarettes.
  • E-cigarette use is higher among those with lower education levels. Americans without a college degree (7%) are twice as likely as college graduates (3%) to vape regularly.

Americans' Vaping Behavior, by Subgroup
Have you, yourself, smoked any e-cigarettes or "vaped" in the past week?
U.S. adults 6
Men 7
Women 5
18 to 29 17
30 to 49 5
50 to 64 2
65 and older *
Annual household income
Less than $40,000 10
$40,000 to $99,999 4
$100,000 or more 3
No college degree 7
College degree 3
* Less than 0.5%
GALLUP, July 6-21, 2021

Gallup measures Americans' smoking habits as part of its Consumption Habits poll -- one of 12 surveys that make up the Gallup Poll Social Series.

Learn more about Americans' vaping behavior in Gallup's 2021 article, "Smoking and Vaping Remain Steady and Low in U.S."

Gallup's full trends on smoking, including e-cigarettes, are available on the Tobacco and Smoking "Topics A to Z" page.

Explore Gallup articles about vaping and other smoking-related topics on the "Smoking" topics page.

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