Kentucky, Tennessee among top five states with most vape users

Posted at 7:58 AM, Jun 19, 2019
and last updated 2019-06-19 08:58:24-04

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.