Changes in Electronic Cigarette Use from 2013 to 2015 and Reasons for Use among Finnish Adolescents
AbstractElectronic cigarettes are quite a new potential source of nicotine addiction among youth. More research is needed, particularly on e-liquid use and socioeconomic factors as potential determinants. We studied changes from 2013 to 2015 in adolescent e-cigarette awareness and ever-use, types of e-liquids, and determinants in Finland. In 2015, we studied weekly use and reasons for ever-use. Data were from two national surveys of 12–18-year-old Finns (2013, n = 3535, response rate 38%; 2015, n = 6698, 41%). Descriptive statistics and logistic regression analysis were used. Awareness and ever-use of e-cigarettes increased significantly from 2013 to 2015 in all age and gender groups. Ever-use increased from 17.4% to 25%, with half having tried nicotine e-liquids. In 2015, weekly use was rare (1.5%). Daily cigarette smoking was the strongest determinant (OR 51.75; 95% CI 38.18–70.14) for e-cigarette ever-use, as for e-cigarette weekly use, but smoking experimentation and ever-use of snus (Swedish type moist snuff) and waterpipes alongside parental smoking and poor academic achievement also increased the odds for ever-use. The most common reason behind e-cigarette ever-use was the desire to try something new. To conclude, adolescent e-cigarette ever-use is increasing, and also among never-smokers. Tobacco-related factors are stronger determinants for e-cigarette use than socioeconomic factors. View Full-Text
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Kinnunen, J.M.; Ollila, H.; Lindfors, P.L.; Rimpelä, A.H. Changes in Electronic Cigarette Use from 2013 to 2015 and Reasons for Use among Finnish Adolescents. Int. J. Environ. Res. Public Health 2016, 13, 1114.
Kinnunen JM, Ollila H, Lindfors PL, Rimpelä AH. Changes in Electronic Cigarette Use from 2013 to 2015 and Reasons for Use among Finnish Adolescents. International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health. 2016; 13(11):1114.Chicago/Turabian Style
Kinnunen, Jaana M.; Ollila, Hanna; Lindfors, Pirjo L.; Rimpelä, Arja H. 2016. "Changes in Electronic Cigarette Use from 2013 to 2015 and Reasons for Use among Finnish Adolescents." Int. J. Environ. Res. Public Health 13, no. 11: 1114.
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