Why Is This Important?Electronic cigarettes are battery-powered devices that turn liquids into an aerosol. They are marketed under a variety of different names, but are most commonly referred to as electronic cigarettes, e-cigarettes, vape pens, mods, or tanks. The liquids frequently contain nicotine and flavors.
Since 2011, Utah has seen a sharp increase in e-cigarette experimentation and use among youth. Given the uncertain public health impact of e-cigarettes and the potential for increasing nicotine addiction among young people, monitoring the use of e-cigarette products and enforcing and strengthening policies that regulate youth access are public health priorities for Utah.
Electronic Cigarettes Experimentation and Current Use by Grade, Utah Students in Grades 8, 10, and 12, 2017
Data SourcePrevention Needs Assessment Survey
Data NotesExperimentation is defined as "ever tried"; current use is defined as use in the past 30 days.
How Are We Doing?From 2011 to 2017, Utah's youth e-cigarette use rate continued to increase to a high of 11.1%. In comparison, 4.6% of Utah adults reported e-cigarette use in 2016 (age-adjusted rate).
What Is Being Done?Utah has seen recent progress in regulating electronic cigarettes. Retailers are required to be licensed through the Utah Tax Commission to sell electronic cigarettes. The sale of electronic cigarettes to those younger than 19 years is prohibited. Since electronic cigarettes are included in the Utah Indoor Clean Air Act, vaping in indoor public places is also prohibited. Each of these measures are aimed at reducing youth access and exposure to these products.
Date Indicator Content Last Updated: 11/03/2017
- Experimentation and Current Use by Grade, Utah Students in Grades 8, 10, and 12, 2017
- Current Use by Age Group, Utah Adults, 2016
- Current Use by Local Health District, Utah Students in Grades 8, 10, and 12, 2017
- Current Use by Local Health District, Utah Adults, 2014-2016
- by Type of Product, Utah Students in Grades 8, 10, and 12, 2017