Older residents favor taxing e-cigarettes
LOUISVILLE, Ky. (Jan. 15, 2015) — E-cigarette use is most prevalent among younger Kentuckians, according to the results of a poll by the Foundation for a Healthy Kentucky and the Cincinnati-based Interact for Health nonprofit.
The poll also found that the majority of Kentucky adults favor taxing and regulating e-cigarettes
“Last year, Kentucky became one of dozens of states to prohibit the sale of electronic cigarettes to minors,” said Susan Zepeda, president/CEO of the Foundation for a Healthy Kentucky. “The most recent KHIP findings tell us more about who is trying e-cigarettes and how Kentuckians feel about taxing and regulating e-cigarettes.”
The poll was conducted from Oct. 8 to Nov. 6, 2014, by the Institute for Policy Research at the University of Cincinnati. A random sample of 1,597 adults from throughout Kentucky was interviewed by telephone, including landlines and cell phones.
Highlights of the poll are:
- 24 percent of Kentuckians have used an electronic cigarette.
- Men (29 percent) were more likely than women (20 percent) to have used an e-cigarette.
- 61 percent said the Federal Drug Administration (FDA) should regulate the sale and marketing of e-cigarettes.
- 53 percent said they favor an excise tax on e-cigarettes at a rate similar to traditional cigarettes.
- The majority of self-identified Independents (58 percent), Republicans (55 percent) and Democrats (53 percent) in all regions of Kentucky favor an excise tax on e-cigarettes to go along with the already required sales tax.
- 41 percent of Kentucky adults between the ages of 18-29 have used e-cigarettes
- 33 percent of Kentucky adults between the ages of 30-45 have used e-cigarettes
- 20 percent of Kentucky adults between the ages of 45-64 have used e-cigarettes
- 11 percent of Kentucky adults between 65 and older have used e-cigarettes