E-cigarette use common, especially among younger adults and those in the LBGTQ community

E-cigarette use is prevalent among U.S. adults, especially among men; lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender persons (LGBT); those who are unemployed; and those with chronic disease. E-cigarette use was also more common among those living in the South and West. Findings from a large U.S. survey are published in Annals of Internal Medicine.

As e-cigarette use has risen, the medical community has become concerned about potential adverse health effects. In 2015, the American College of Physicians (ACP) recommended that the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) provide regulatory oversight of e-cigarettes. Understanding their use patterns could help to inform research efforts, public education campaigns, and tobacco regulatory policy.

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