Vaping Statistics: How Many Vapers Are There?

About 40 million US adults smoke cigarettes. Statistics show, at least one tobacco product, including e-cigarettes is being used by around 4.7 million middle and high school students. The percentage of British e-cig users, for example, has increased since 2012 and reached 60% by 2016.

The electronic vapor cigarettes started a worldwide phenomenon. E-cigarette use, known as vaping, increases every day around the globe. Even still, reliable vaping statistics are scarce.

New people join the ranks of vapers on a daily basis, so it is hard to keep track of them all. To grasp the worldwide reach of vaping, we have gathered and analyzed all the information on vaping we could find to discover just how many people in the world are vaping.

Vaping in North America

Data from the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), puts the number of Americans who had only tried an e-cigarette, as of 2014, at the following:

e-cigarette use among american adults

A recent Reuters poll, however, put the number of people vaping daily in the United States even higher. According to the Ipsos/Reuters survey of 5,769 adults in the United States, 10% of them admitted to being a vaper or to daily e-cigarette use.

10% of Americans is a significant increase from previous years. In 2014, the figure was at 3.7%. The US government put the number of American e-cigarette users at 2.6% in 2013.

An even more revealing statistics from the Reuters poll is that 70% of new American users started vaping in 2014. There is no denying then that e-cigarettes are steadily growing in popularity, as more people are becoming vapers every year.

North and South of the border, vaping statistics for the same years, between 2013-2015 show that e-cigarette use in Canada and Mexico is nearly similar to the vape community in the United States. The two most glaring similarities being that vaping is most popular with young people and among men.

Researchers from Waterloo University, conducting an annual survey of tobacco use in Canada, also tracked the use of e-cigarettes, which almost mirrors e-cigarette use stateside. Their study showed the following in 2015:

E-cigarette use among Canadians, 2015

Mexico summarily banned both the sale and consumption of e-cigarettes in 2013. Despite prohibition, though, e-cigarette use in Mexico, especially among young people, has skyrocketed by almost 50%[1] in one year, according to the InterAmerican Heart Foundation.

These statistics provide a glimpse only into North American vaping habits. Vaping is and will always be a global habit. People all over the world have started picking up vaporizers instead of regular analog cigarettes.

The Asian Complication

Asia is another part of the vape world that has a complicated relationship with e-cigarettes, which is ironic for two reasons:

  • 95% of all e-cigarettes are manufactured in China
  • China also represents the world’s biggest tobacco market [2]

Despite the connection e-cigarettes have with the most populous continent in the world, Pacific Rim nations like Indonesia, Malaysia, and Vietnam have out-and-out banned vaping products.

Singapore enacted a full-fledged ban on the sale, use, even possession of any and all vaping products in February 2018. Heavy restrictions on vaping exist in countries like Thailand, and on the Australian continent.

These bans have not stopped people from vaping, though. As with any behavior that becomes illegal, vapers have gone underground, which is not necessarily a good thing.

Operating in the shadows also means operating without regulations, or safety standards that would protect vapers from faulty, poorly made devices or e-juices with suspect ingredients.

Another сonsequence of driving vapers into the dark is that there are few ways to count how many people in Asia vape. People are reluctant, naturally, to identify themselves as e-cigarette users if the activity is considered against the law.

What can be measured, though, are sales figures [3], and they show that just like in other parts of the world, e-cigarettes are growing in popularity in countries like China and Japan:

  • In 2013, online sales of vaping devices in China totaled $14 million
  • In 2014, they reached $81 million
  • Vape industry statistics for 2016 show sales rose to $266 million

A vaping-industry consultant, Jackie Zhuang, did caution, however, that vaping industry statistics are unreliable, given that companies are known to exaggerating their profits, so

it remains difficult to gauge just how big an impact e-cigarettes are having on the Asian market.

Nav Lalji, chairman of the Asian Vape Association and founder of the vape company, Mist-E cigarettes, conceded that e-cigarettes have a long way to go before they can compete with traditional cigarettes, mostly because of how much vapes are.




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