Oklahoma, Kentucky, Indiana are top states for vaping, study finds


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Oklahoma, Kentucky and Indiana topped a new study ranking e-cigarette use in all 50 states.

The analysis by the insurance-services website QuoteWizard found that vaping rates in the top three states were between 6 percent and 7.1 percent. The state with the lowest share of vapers is California (3 percent).

In addition, the number of high schoolers and middle school students nationwide who used e-cigarettes in 2018 numbered 3.6 million, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

The QuoteWizard research indicates that health insurers may have to create a separate question for premium purchasers about vaping due to the increased popularity of this tobacco product. Currently, they ask only a generic question about tobacco use.

The study’s numbers add to the debate over whether e-cigarettes should be viewed as a safer alternative for those seeking to quit smoking or a habit with similar risks as traditional tobacco products, according to QuoteWizard.

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E-cigarette Use by State

RankStateCrude e-cigarette Use Prevalence (%)
1Oklahoma7.1
2Kentucky6.1
3Indiana6
4Tennessee5.9
5Wyoming5.8
6 (tie)Arkansas5.7
6 (tie)West Virginia5.7
8Nevada5.4
9 (tie)Arizona5.3
9 (tie)Colorado5.3
9 (tie)Ohio5.3
12Missouri5.2
13Utah5.1
14 (tie)Alabama4.9
14 (tie)Michigan4.9
14 (tie)Mississippi4.9
14 (tie)New Mexico4.9
14 (tie)Rhode Island4.9
14 (tie)Virginia4.9
20Delaware4.8
21 (tie)Hawaii4.7
21 (tie)Pennsylvania4.7
21 (tie)T21. Texas4.7
24 (tie)Idaho4.6
24 (tie)Kansas4.6
24 (tie)New Hampshire4.6
24 (tie)North Carolina4.6
28Louisiana4.5
29 (tie)Georgia4.4
29 (tie)Illinois4.4
29 (tie)New Jersey4.4
29 (tie)Oregon4.4
33 (tie)Florida4.3
33 (tie)North Dakota4.3
33 (tie)Washington4.3
33 (tie)Wisconsin4.3
37 (tie)Maine4.1
37 (tie)South Carolina4.1
39Iowa4
40 (tie)Montana3.9
40 (tie)South Dakota3.9
42 (tie)Nebraska3.8
42 (tie)New York3.8
44Minnesota3.7
45Alaska3.5
46 (tie)Maryland3.3
46 (tie)Massachusetts3.3
48Connecticut3.2
49Vermont3.1
50California3
Source: QuoteWizard

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