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Factors Related to E-Cigarette ever Use in Korean Adults with No History of Combustible Cigarette Use

  • Journal of Korean society for research on nicotine and tobacco
  • Abbr : J Korean Soc Res Nicotine Tob, JKSRNT
  • 2019, 10(2), pp.72-79
  • DOI : 10.25055/JKSRNT.2019.10.2.72
  • Publisher : Korean Society for Research on Nicotine and Tobacco
  • Research Area : Medicine and Pharmacy > Preventive Medicine/Occupational and Environmental Medicine > Medical care > Health Behavior
  • Received : July 15, 2019
  • Accepted : October 5, 2019
  • Published : December 15, 2019

In-Sun Kang 1 Ju-Ok Son 1 Seo-Young Kang 1 CHO, HONG-JUN ORD ID 2

1울산대학교 의과대학 서울아산병원 가정의학과
2울산대학교

Candidate

ABSTRACT

Background: Few studies have been performed on electronic cigarette (e-cigarette) use among Korean adults with no history of combustible cigarette (CC) use. Methods: We used data from the Korea Community Health Survey (2014–2017) to analyze factors associated with e-cigarette ever use among adults with no history of CC use. Multivariate logistic regression analysis was performed to evaluate the relationship between ever use of e-cigarettes and never use of CCs after adjusting for sociodemographic and health behavior factors. Results: Among 579,815 participants with never use of CCs, 971 (0.2%) had ever used e-cigarettes. The odds ratios (ORs) for ever use of e-cigarettes were higher in individuals at a younger age [OR for age 19–34 years was 9.53 than that for age ≥ 65 years, 95% confidence interval (CI) 4.11–22.12], heavy alcohol consumers (OR 1.94, 95% CI 1.54–2.46), those with depressive symptoms (OR 2.36, 95% CI 1.62–3.44), those with poor general health (OR 1.39, 95% CI 1.10–1.75), and those with diabetes (OR 2.27, 95% CI 1.36–3.80). However, the ORs for ever use of e-cigarettes were lower in females (OR 0.11, 95% CI 0.08–0.14), those with low physical activity (OR 0.73, 95% CI 0.56–0.95), and those with hypertension (OR 0.59, 95% CI 0.39–0.89). Conclusions: Ever use of e-cigarette was not common among never users of CCs. However, it was more prevalent in younger individuals, males, and those with poor health and health habits. These factors must be considered while establishing tobacco control policies.

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