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Int. J. Environ. Res. Public Health 2017, 14(11), 1345; doi:10.3390/ijerph14111345

Electronic Cigarette Use in Students and Its Relation with Tobacco-Smoking: A Cross-Sectional Analysis of the i-Share Study

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Team HEALTHY, Bordeaux Population Health Research Center, University of Bordeaux, Inserm, UMR 1219, CHU Bordeaux, F-33000 Bordeaux, France
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Department of General Practice, University of Bordeaux, 146 rue Léo Saignat F-33000 Bordeaux, France
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Received: 7 August 2017 / Revised: 30 October 2017 / Accepted: 2 November 2017 / Published: 5 November 2017
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Electronic Cigarette Use and Public Health)
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While young adults often try e-cigarettes, little is known about its use and the reasons for experimentation, particularly in relation with tobacco-smoking. In 2016, data were collected from 2720 French-speaking students participating in a web-based study on students’ health: the internet-based Students Health Research Enterprise (i-Share) project. Univariate analyses and multivariable logistic regressions were performed to study the relationship between e-cigarette use and smoking status. Two out of five students declared having tried e-cigarettes and 3.6% were current users. Former smokers were more likely than current smokers to use e-cigarettes currently. Among those who had never smoked, 13.5% had tried e-cigarettes. Very few (0.3%) were current users, alternating e-liquids with and without nicotine. The three main reasons for trying e-cigarettes were curiosity, offer to try by someone, and attractiveness of e-liquid flavors. Among current smokers, previous attempts to quit smoking and a strong desire to stop tobacco were reported more in e-cigarette current users than in former users. In this large sample of French students, findings were consistent with the possibility that e-cigarettes might be used as smoking cessation or reduction aids by some young adults whereas other young never-smokers could be exposed to nicotine. View Full-Text
Keywords: electronic cigarettes; smoking; young adult electronic cigarettes; smoking; young adult
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Kinouani, S.; Pereira, E.; Tzourio, C. Electronic Cigarette Use in Students and Its Relation with Tobacco-Smoking: A Cross-Sectional Analysis of the i-Share Study. Int. J. Environ. Res. Public Health 2017, 14, 1345.

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