The most popular reason for vaping among military beneficiaries is to try to quit smoking (42 percent).
Most beneficiaries perceived smoking and vaping to be great risks to one’s health. However, 87 percent of beneficiaries said smoking is a great risk, whereas only 68 percent said the same for vaping. Three times as many beneficiaries were unsure about the risk of vaping than were unsure about the risk of smoking.
Three percent of beneficiaries said they plan to vape within the next year. Among them, 25 percent will be new vapers. Those who viewed vaping as a slight risk to one’s health were more likely to indicate they would vape in the next year, compared to those who saw vaping as a moderate or great risk, or were unsure about the risk.