The Taxpayers Protection Alliance (TPA) has released new data on the vaping for all 50 U.S. states. TPA analyst Lindsey Stroud says that the analysis includes state specific information on tobacco and vapor product use among adults in youth in all 50 states, as well as Washington D.C. Each paper examines smoking rates among adults in the respective, youth use of tobacco and vapor products, and the effectiveness of tobacco settlement payments, taxes, and vapor products on reducing combustible cigarette use.
One section, Youth Tobacco and Vapor Rates, examines most state level youth vapor and tobacco rates, including identifying ever, current, and daily use. “It also provides an analysis on the reduction of youth combustible cigarette use among the years, which, as identified by this series, is at all time lows,” Stroud states in the report.
In another section, Vapor Product Emergence and Young Adult Smoking Rates, Stroud examines the efficacy of e-cigarettes as a smoking cessation tool and analyzed smoking rates among 18- to 24-year-old adults in the 10 years after suing tobacco companies and compares it to smoking rates in the 10 years after e-cigarettes’ market emergence, which is identified in the period between 2009 and 2012.
“In this 50-state analysis, as well as D.C., 46 states and the District of Columbia, saw greater decreases in smoking rates among young adults in the 10 years after e-cigarette market emergence, compared to the 10 years after tobacco settlement lawsuits,” Stroud states. “In the four outliers, smoking rates only increased among 18- to 24-year-old adults after policymakers increased scrutiny over e-cigarettes due to youth use.”
The TPA is a non-profit non-partisan organization dedicated to educating the public through the research, analysis and dissemination of information on the government’s effects on the economy. The analysis concludes with a section on policy implications, graphs of young adult smoking rates and tobacco monies, and a list of references.
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