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Prevalence of Electronic Cigarette Use and Its Determinants among 13-to-15-Year-Old Students in Greece: Results from the 2013 Global Youth Tobacco Survey (GYTS)

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Laboratory of Hygiene and Epidemiology, Faculty of Medicine, University of Thessaly, Katsigra Building, 22 Papakyriazi St., 41222 Larissa, Greece
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Department of Public Health, University of West Attica, 196 Alexandras Ave., 11521 Athens, Greece
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Int. J. Environ. Res. Public Health 2020, 17(5), 1671; https://doi.org/10.3390/ijerph17051671
Received: 13 February 2020 / Revised: 26 February 2020 / Accepted: 3 March 2020 / Published: 4 March 2020
Electronic cigarette use has increased over the past decade. Its potential role in smoking cessation, in addiction and as a ‘gateway’ to tobacco smoking is subject to intense research. This cross-sectional study, carried out in 2013, aims to present the habits of students aged 13–15 in Greece with regard to e-cigarettes and investigate potential risk factors and the relationship between e-cigarettes, tobacco smoking and other nicotine products. It is the first such study to be carried out in Greece. The survey was based on the standardized methodology of the Global Youth Tobacco Survey. All potential associations were investigated using multiple logistic regression. In total 2.8% of the 4096 participating students were current e-cigarette users and 12.3% of them were ever users. E-cigarette use was associated with male gender, being older, current use of combustible tobacco products and e-cigarette use in the family. Ever e-cigarette use, being older, female gender and higher pocket money were associated with an increased susceptibility to tobacco smoking. E-cigarette prevalence in Greece in 2013 was similar to that of other, developed countries. The smoking and vaping habits of adolescents must be monitored in order to assess trends over time and whether any policy alterations are necessary. View Full-Text
Keywords: adolescents; tobacco smoking; vaping; e-cigarette; nicotine; gateway; susceptibility; prevalence; GYTS; Greece adolescents; tobacco smoking; vaping; e-cigarette; nicotine; gateway; susceptibility; prevalence; GYTS; Greece
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Soteriades, S.; Barbouni, A.; Rachiotis, G.; Grevenitou, P.; Mouchtouri, V.; Pinaka, O.; Dadouli, K.; Hadjichristodoulou, C. Prevalence of Electronic Cigarette Use and Its Determinants among 13-to-15-Year-Old Students in Greece: Results from the 2013 Global Youth Tobacco Survey (GYTS). Int. J. Environ. Res. Public Health 2020, 17, 1671. https://doi.org/10.3390/ijerph17051671

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Soteriades S, Barbouni A, Rachiotis G, Grevenitou P, Mouchtouri V, Pinaka O, Dadouli K, Hadjichristodoulou C. Prevalence of Electronic Cigarette Use and Its Determinants among 13-to-15-Year-Old Students in Greece: Results from the 2013 Global Youth Tobacco Survey (GYTS). International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health. 2020; 17(5):1671. https://doi.org/10.3390/ijerph17051671

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Soteriades, Soteris; Barbouni, Anastasia; Rachiotis, George; Grevenitou, Panoraia; Mouchtouri, Varvara; Pinaka, Ourania; Dadouli, Katerina; Hadjichristodoulou, Christos. 2020. "Prevalence of Electronic Cigarette Use and Its Determinants among 13-to-15-Year-Old Students in Greece: Results from the 2013 Global Youth Tobacco Survey (GYTS)" Int. J. Environ. Res. Public Health 17, no. 5: 1671. https://doi.org/10.3390/ijerph17051671

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