Document and Entity Information - shares
3 Months Ended
Mar. 31, 2019
May 07, 2019
Document and Entity Information [Abstract]    
Entity Registrant Name VECTOR GROUP LTD  
Entity Central Index Key 0000059440  
Current Fiscal Year End Date --12-31  
Entity Filer Category Large Accelerated Filer  
Document Type 10-Q  
Document Period End Date Mar. 31, 2019  
Document Fiscal Year Focus 2019  
Document Fiscal Period Focus Q1  
Amendment Flag false  
Trading Symbol VGR  
Entity Small Business false  
Entity Emerging Growth Company false  
Entity Common Stock, Shares Outstanding   140,959,065