Policy Tip Sheet: Tobacco Harm Reduction 101: Alabama, California, Indiana, Massachusetts

Summary of Study

Bottom Line: This series of economic and fiscal impact summaries of e-cigarettes in Alabama, California, Indiana, and Massachusetts reveal that vaping has created thousands of jobs as well as hundreds of millions of dollars of wages and state taxes. At the same time, teen use has been low. These results suggest that restricting the use of e-cigarettes would reduce public health gains and millions of dollars in economic output.

E-cigarettes are 95 percent safer than combustible cigarettes. They have helped more than three million American adults quit smoking. In addition, they've had enormous economic and fiscal impacts as detailed in the following four states (all figures are from 2018 unless otherwise noted):

Alabama:

  • Created $319 million in economic activity
  • Generated 1,182 direct vaping-related jobs
  • Brought in more than $18 million in state taxes 

California

  • Created more than $2.9 billion in economic activity
  • Generated 2,905 vaping-related jobs
  • Brought in more than $183 million in state taxes

Indiana:

  • Created more than $480 million in economic activity
  • Generated 2,110 vaping-related jobs
  • Brought in more than $26 million in state taxes

Massachusetts

  • Created more than $333 million in economic activity
  • Generated 1,425 vaping-related jobs
  • Brought in more than $183 million in state taxes

Read the Alabama study HERE.
Read the California study HERE.
Read the Indiana study HERE.
Read the Massachusetts study HERE