Cigarette smoking among young Americans hits new low in Gallup poll


Young Americans are now more likely to vape or smoke marijuana than cigarettes, according to Gallup polling that finds their attraction to cigarettes at an all-time low.

The share of adults aged 18 to 29 who reported smoking cigarettes in the past week hit a new bottom of 12% between 2019 and 2022 in Gallup’s latest survey. That is down 23 percentage points from 35% between 2001 and 2003, the polling company reported Monday.

“As a result of these changes, young adults have moved from the group most likely to smoke cigarettes to the second-least likely, with a rate higher than only the oldest Americans,” Gallup said.

Gallup has surveyed Americans’ cigarette smoking habits in three-year intervals since 2001. In separate polling, the company has surveyed marijuana smoking habits since 2013 and e-cigarette use since 2019.

“Both vaping and marijuana are more common activities for young adults than traditional cigarette smoking,” Gallup said, noting the impact of marijuana legalization “in a growing number of states.”

Among Americans aged 18 to 29, an average of 19% told Gallup they had smoked e-cigarettes during the past week between 2019 and 2022.

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Marijuana use has become even more common. Between 2019 and 2022, an average of 26% in the same age group said they smoked marijuana, up from 17% between 2013 and 2015.

Gallup conducted a randomized national telephone survey of 3,545 adults, including 505 adults aged 18 to 29, from 2019 to 2022. Among young adults, the margin of error was plus or minus 5 percentage points at the 95% confidence level.


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