NASHVILLE, Tenn. — The e-cigarette market is growing and people in Kentucky and Tennessee may have something to do with it.
Kentucky is second in the country for the highest prevalence of e-cigarette users, according to insurance site Quote Wizard. Tennessee is fourth.
As insurance companies learn more about e-cigarettes, health insurance premiums could change.
Quote Wizard researchers report insurance companies are taking note of the rising number of vape users. At debate, are e-cigarettes a nicotine alternative product to help smokers quit or do they pose the same health risks as traditional cigarettes?
The Affordable Care Act allows insurers to charge up to 50% higher premiums for tobacco users. If e-cigarettes are classified as tobacco, vaping could get very expensive.