Send to

Choose Destination
Tob Control. 2014 Jul;23 Suppl 3:iii48-53. doi: 10.1136/tobaccocontrol-2013-051511. Epub 2014 May 12.

Use of e-cigarettes by individuals with mental health conditions.

Author information

Department of Family and Preventive Medicine, University of California, San Diego, La Jolla, California, USA.
Cancer Center, University of California, San Diego, La Jolla, California, USA.
Psychology Service, Veteran Affairs San Diego Healthcare System, Department of Psychiatry, University of California, San Diego, La Jolla, California, USA.



Individuals with mental health conditions (MHC) have disproportionately high tobacco-related morbidity and mortality due to high smoking prevalence rates. As high consumers of cigarettes, smokers with MHC may consider using e-cigarettes as an alternative form of nicotine delivery.


Examination of the susceptibility to use e-cigarettes by individuals with MHC.


A U.S. population survey with a national probability sample (n=10,041) was used to assess ever use and current use of regular cigarettes, e-cigarettes, and U.S. Food and Drug Administration-approved pharmacotherapy for smoking cessation. Survey respondents provided information about whether they had been diagnosed with an anxiety disorder, depression, or other MHC.


Individuals with MHC were more likely to have tried e-cigarettes (14.8%) and to be current users of e-cigarettes (3.1%) than those without MHC (6.6% and 1.1%, respectively; p<0.01). Ever smokers with MHC were also more likely to have tried approved pharmacotherapy (52.2% vs. 31.1%, p<0.01) and to be currently using these products (9.9% vs. 3.5%, p<0.01) than those without MHC. Additionally, current smokers with MHC were more susceptible to future use of e-cigarettes than smokers without MHC (60.5% vs. 45.3%, respectively, p<0.01).


Smokers with MHC are differentially affected by the rise in popularity of e-cigarettes. Clinical interventions and policies for tobacco control on e-cigarettes should take into account the possible outcomes and their implications for this priority population.


Disparities; Electronic nicotine delivery devices; Harm Reduction; Nicotine; Priority/special populations

[Indexed for MEDLINE]
Free PMC Article

Supplemental Content

Full text links

Icon for HighWire Icon for PubMed Central
Loading ...
Support Center