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[Electronic cigarette use among students in higher education]

PÉNZES Melinda, PONGOR Vince, KIMMEL Zsófia, BALÁZS Péter

MARCH 20, 2016

Lege Artis Medicinae - 2016;26(03)

[INTRODUCTION - Advantages and disadvantages of electronic cigarette (e-cigarettes) use with increasing popularity among young adults generated continuous debates both nationally and internationally. The aim of our study was to assess the prevalence of e-cigarette use in this population, and to explore sociodemographic, smoking-related and general health behavior predictors of its ever use. METHODS - Our cross-sectional study with anonymous, self-administered questionnaire was conducted among college/ university students (n=889) during a summer festival. Additionally to descriptive analyses, multivariate logistic regression model was applied (p<0.05) to identify factors predicting the initiation of e-cigarette use. RESULTS - One-third of our population has ever tried e-cigarettes, mostly daily smokers, but almost 15% of never smokers also tried it. In total, current use of e-cigarettes was only 1.2%. Odds ratios (ORs) of trying e-cigarettes were higher among daily smokers (OR=3.28) ever smokers (OR=2.10), males (OR=1.88) and those who did not care consciously for their health (OR= 1.65). CONCLUSIONS - Our sample in a recreational environment showed higher rates of ever use of e-cigarette however, current use proved to be lower if compared with previous international studies. Our results may provide basic information in this topic to further national and international surveys.]

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