CINCINNATI — Ohio adults are more likely to have tried e-cigarettes than adults in other states, and those who are vaping are doing it more often, a new poll says.
The Interact for Health foundation on Friday released results related to e-cigarettes from its 2018 Ohio Health Issues Poll.
The poll showed:
• More than 40 percent of Ohioans ages 18 to 29 have tried e-cigarettes.
• 23 percent of all Ohio adults reported trying an e-cigarette. Only 14 percent of American adults say they've used an e-cigarette, according to the 2017 National Health Interview Survey.
• 30 percent of those who have tried an e-cigarette now use the devices every day or some days. That's higher than the U.S. average of 19 percent.
“Many think they are safer by using devices like e-cigarettes; however, exposure of any kind to nicotine is concerning,” Dr. O’dell Moreno Owens, president and CEO of Interact for Health, said in a prepared statement. “These devices deliver nicotine, which is highly addictive and can harm adolescent brain development. Thus, as Interact for Health and our partners look at ways to reduce tobacco use in our communities, addressing e-cigarettes is a key component.”
Ohioians also favor imposing a tax on e-cigarettes similar to the $1.60 per pack tax on traditional cigarettes. Fifty-six percent supported a tax.
The 2018 Ohio Health Issues Poll was conducted May 22-June 19 by the Institute for Policy Research at the University of Cincinnati. The telephone poll interviewed 816 adults from throughout Ohio and has a margin of error of 3.4 percent.
For more information about the Ohio Health Issues Poll, visit www.interactforhealth.org/about-ohip.