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Smoking Rates Dropping In West Virginia Thanks To Vaping

Smoking Rates Dropping In West Virginia Thanks To Vaping


Smoking Rates Dropping In West Virginia Thanks To Vaping

The number of adults who smoke in the West Virginia dropped significantly from 2011 to 2016, according to the the West Virginia Department of Health and Human Resources. This comes as the the state sees a significant rise in vapers across the state.

West Virginia is part of a growing trend. The drop in use of traditional cigarettes has been proceeding steadily across the United States, and the use of the use of vaping as a cessation method is the top vehicle to quit cigarettes today. These results should be encouraging for any aspiring vaper in the community.

High School Students

Though data is preliminary, the state agency said the prevalence of vaping or e-cigarettes among high-school students was about 14 percent in 2017, up slightly from 13.5 percent in 2015.The biggest jump in e-cigarette use came after 2013, when 4.9 percent of high-school students used the products. This comes as high school students also showed a dip in smoking stats.

“This decline in the number of adults who smoke is the first evidence that never-smoking middle and high school students who are aging into the adult population are finally making an impact on the larger adult population,” said Dr. Rahul Gupta, State Health Officer and Commissioner of the DHHR’s Bureau for Public Health. “This is a significant milestone for West Virginia’s public health efforts and gives cause to acknowledge, although we still have a long way to go.”

The trend, however, is nation-wide. This report from West Virginia comes after the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's annual report on youth and tobacco published in June found that 11.3 percent of high school students used e-cigarettes in 2016, compared with 16 percent the year before. That's the first drop since the CDC started keeping track of e-cigarettes in 2011.


According to data from the West Virginia Department of Health and Human Resources (DHHR), Bureau for Public Health a significant decline has been achieved in the number of adults who smoke in West Virginia: from 28.6% in 2011 to 24.8% in 2016.

This is still above average in the nation. In November 2015, the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) and Prevention noted in their report, “The percentage of U.S. adults who smoke cigarettes declined from 20.9 percent in 2005 to 16.8 percent in 2014. Cigarette smoking was significantly lower in 2014 (16.8 percent) than in 2013 (17.8 percent).

Across The State

Across the state, Morgan County was among the counties with a lowest prevalence for adult smoking in the survey period, ranking 51st out of 55 counties with 21.7 percent. Jefferson County ranked 40th at 23.9 percent, and Berkeley County ranked 31st at 26.7 percent.

Smoking-related illness is the leading cause of preventable death in the United States, accounting for more than 480,000 deaths nationwide and nearly 4,300 deaths in West Virginia each year, according to the DHHR.