Document and Entity Information - shares
9 Months Ended
Sep. 30, 2019
Nov. 04, 2019
Cover page.    
Document Type 10-Q  
Document Quarterly Report true  
Document Period End Date Sep. 30, 2019  
Document Transition Report false  
Entity Registrant Name VECTOR GROUP LTD  
Entity Central Index Key 0000059440  
Current Fiscal Year End Date --12-31  
Document Fiscal Year Focus 2019  
Document Fiscal Period Focus Q3  
Amendment Flag false  
Entity Incorporation, State or Country Code DE  
Entity File Number 1-5759  
Entity Tax Identification Number 65-0949535  
Entity Address, Address Line One 4400 Biscayne Boulevard  
Entity Address, City or Town Miami  
Entity Address, State or Province FL  
Entity Address, Postal Zip Code 33137  
City Area Code 305  
Local Phone Number 579-8000  
Title of 12(b) Security Common stock, par value $0.10 per share  
Trading Symbol VGR  
Security Exchange Name NYSE  
Entity Current Reporting Status Yes  
Entity Interactive Data Current Yes  
Entity Filer Category Large Accelerated Filer  
Entity Small Business false  
Entity Emerging Growth Company false  
Entity Shell Company false  
Entity Common Stock, Shares Outstanding   147,790,061