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Am J Health Behav. 2017 Nov 1;41(6):750-759. doi: 10.5993/AJHB.41.6.9.

E-cigarette Use and Cigarette Smoking Cessation among Texas College Students.

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1
Tobacco Center of Regulatory Science on Youth and Young Adults, University of Texas School of Public Health, Austin, TX.
2
Professor, University of Texas at Austin, Austin, TX;, Email: Alexandra.loukas@austin.utexas.edu.
3
Professor and Regional Dean, University of Texas School of Public Health, Austin, TX.

Abstract

OBJECTIVES:

We examined the relationships between e-cigarette use and subsequent cigarette smoking behaviors at 6- and 12-month follow-ups among young adults.

METHODS:

Participants were 18-29 year-old current and former cigarette smokers (N = 627) at 24 Texas colleges, participating in a 3-wave study. Multi-level, multivariable logistic regression models, accounting for school clustering, examined the impact of self-reported use of e-cigarettes on cigarette smoking status at 6- and 12-month follow-ups. Two mutually-exclusive groups of e-cigarette users were examined: those that used for cigarette smoking cessation and those that used for reasons other than cessation. Baseline covariates included socio-demographics, past quit attempts, nicotine dependence, cigarettes per day, and other tobacco use.

RESULTS:

Use of e-cigarettes for cigarette smoking cessation was associated with increased odds of cigarette smoking cessation at 6- and 12-month follow-ups, while using e-cigarettes for other reasons was not, when adjusting for covariates.

CONCLUSIONS:

Use of e-cigarettes for cigarette smoking cessation may reduce cigarette smoking rates in young adult college students. Additional research is needed examining e-cigarettes as a complement to evidence-based cessation resources that are associated with cigarette smoking cessation among young adults.

PMID:
29025503
PMCID:
PMC6357963
DOI:
10.5993/AJHB.41.6.9
[Indexed for MEDLINE]
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