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Research shows young adults aren’t using e-cigarettes to quit smoking

A New research from Curtin University has found, young Australian adults are more likely to use e-cigarettes for enjoyment rather than to quit smoking.

The Research paper, published in the Health Promotion Journal of Australia, concluded that young Australian males were most vulnerable to using e-cigarettes, with most common reason for their use among smokers and non-smokers of traditional cigarettes being enjoyment.

Dr Michelle Jongenelis, Lead author from the school of Psychology at Curtin University said, that the popularity of electronic nicotine delivery systems such as e-cigarettes had grown rapidly around the world.

Dr Michelle Jongenelis said, “Multiple types of electronic nicotine delivery systems such as e-cigarettes, e-cigars, e-hookahs, and e-pipes are now available in the community. At the population level, concerns have been raised that the widespread introduction of these products may encourage smoking-related behaviors,”

“Our research assessed the demographic characteristics including gender and socio-economic status associated with e-cigarette use among smoking and non-smoking young adults to provide greater insights into those who are experimenting with and regularly using these devices.”

“In an online survey of 1,116 Australians aged 18 to 25 years, we found that young males are particularly vulnerable to both trialling electronic nicotine delivery systems and becoming regular e-cigarette users.”

The results stated that, 67% of the smokers sampled and 28% of non-smokers had previously used an electronic nicotine device and 19% of smokers and 6% of non-smokers were current users of e-cigarettes.

Only 10 % of young adult e-cigarette users reported using the devices to quit smoking.

Dr Jongenelis said the growing range of electronic devices capable of delivering nicotine available on the market represented new challenges for the public health community.

“Our study suggests electronic nicotine delivery devices such as e-cigarettes are being trialed and used by young Australians at substantial levels and few users are actually using the devices to quit smoking,” Dr Jongenelis said.

“Further research is needed to investigate the reasons for the use of these products, as it will be critical for informing the development of appropriate interventions designed to target those most vulnerable to using these products.”

Reference: Health Promotion Journal Of Australia

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