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Babineau, Kate and Taylor, Keishia and Clancy, Luke (2015) Electronic cigarette use among Irish youth: a cross sectional study of prevalence and associated factors. PLoS ONE , 10 , (5) , e0126419.

URL: https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC44460...

PURPOSE
To examine prevalence of, and factors associated with, e-cigarette use among young people aged 16-17 in Ireland.

METHODS
In 2014, a representative sample of 821 young people aged 16-17 recruited from secondary schools completed a pen and paper survey on e-cigarette use, tobacco use, and socio-demographic items.

FINDINGS
A total of 23.8% of respondents had used e-cigarettes at least once. Dual trial of tobacco and e-cigarettes was common with 69.5% of regular smokers and 30.4% of 'ever' smokers having tried e-cigarettes and 10.6% of current smokers using e-cigarettes regularly. 4.2% of never smokers have tried e-cigarettes. Overall, current e-cigarette use (once a month or more) was low (3.2%). Binary logistic regression conducted through generalized estimating equations (GEE) determined that controlling for other variables, current tobacco use and 'ever' tobacco use predicted ever e-cigarette use. Gender and school-level socioeconomic status were also independent predictors of ever e-cigarette use. Gender stood as the only predictor of on-going e-cigarette use, with males being more likely to regularly use e-cigarettes at least once a month.

CONCLUSIONS
E-cigarette use among 16-17 year olds in Ireland is of note, with nearly a quarter of students having tried them. Concurrent or experimental use of e-cigarettes and tobacco is more common than sole use, while a small number have tried e-cigarettes without having tried tobacco.


Item Type
Article
Publication Type
Irish-related, Open Access, Article
Drug Type
Tobacco / Nicotine
Date
2015
Page Range
e0126419
Publisher
Public Library of Science
Volume
10
Number
5
EndNote
Accession Number
HRB (Available)

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