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Behold, the Gateway Effect: CDC Reports 50%+ Decline in Smoking by 18-24 Year-Olds Since 2014

New data out from the CDC’s National Health Interview Survey charts a big decline in past 30-day cigarette smoking among adults aged 18-24 years from 2014 to 2018. Despite nearly a decade of claims that youth vaping would lead to a resurgence in smoking, the generation that grew up with years of exposure to vaping products is not actually turning to cigarettes. Instead, young adults are abandoning cigarettes at a rapid pace.

The figure is a line chart showing the percentage of adults aged 18–24 years who currently smoke cigarettes or who currently use electronic cigarettes, by year, during 2014–2018 according to the National Health Interview Survey. From 2014 to 2018, the percentage of adults aged 18–24 years who currently smoked cigarettes decreased from 16.7% to 7.8%. The percentage of adults in this age group who currently used electronic cigarettes increased from 5.1% to 7.6%. The percentage of adults aged 18–24 years who both currently smoked cigarettes and currently used electronic cigarettes decreased from 3.3% in 2014 to 1.7% in 2018.

Dr. Jonathan Foulds, a Professor of Public Health Sciences and Psychiatry at Penn State University and longtime researcher on nicotine and tobacco issues, offered a comment on Twitter.

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