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E-cigarette attitudes and behaviours amongst 15-30-year-olds in the UK

Pinho-Gomes, Ana-Catarina; Santos, Joseph A; Jones, Alexandra; Thout, Sudhir Raj; Pettigrew, Simone; (2023) E-cigarette attitudes and behaviours amongst 15-30-year-olds in the UK. Journal of Public Health , Article fdad138. 10.1093/pubmed/fdad138. (In press). Green open access

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Abstract

BACKGROUND: The use of e-cigarettes has been rising in the UK, particularly by young people. This study investigated behaviours, attitudes and beliefs about e-cigarettes amongst 15-30-year-olds in the UK. METHODS: An online survey was administered to a sample of 1009 15-30-year-olds in the UK. RESULTS: About one in five participants currently used e-cigarettes at least monthly, with 1 in 10 using them daily. Amongst those using e-cigarettes at least monthly, 90% had used e-cigarettes containing nicotine. E-cigarettes were mainly obtained from vape shops and used at home. Having friends who used e-cigarettes and using them to help quit/reduce smoking were the most common reasons for vaping. About half of participants had been exposed to e-cigarette advertising, especially online, and warning labels on e-cigarettes. Most participants agreed that e-cigarettes are addictive (75%), help people quitting smoking (64%) and are bad for health (63%). Previous or current tobacco smokers were 9 and 22 times more likely to use e-cigarettes than never smokers, respectively. Perceiving e-cigarettes as harmful was associated with a 40% lower likelihood of use. CONCLUSION: Raising awareness on the uncertain long-term consequences of vaping and regulation of marketing and sales are crucial to protect young people in the UK.

Type: Article
Title: E-cigarette attitudes and behaviours amongst 15-30-year-olds in the UK
Location: England
Open access status: An open access version is available from UCL Discovery
DOI: 10.1093/pubmed/fdad138
Publisher version: https://doi.org/10.1093/pubmed/fdad138
Language: English
Additional information: © The Author(s) 2023. Published by Oxford University Press on behalf of Faculty of Public Health. This is an Open Access article distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution License (https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/), which permits unrestricted reuse, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited.
Keywords: E-cigarettes, smoking, survey, young people
UCL classification: UCL
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > School of Life and Medical Sciences
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > School of Life and Medical Sciences > Faculty of Population Health Sciences > Institute of Health Informatics
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > School of Life and Medical Sciences > Faculty of Population Health Sciences > Institute of Health Informatics > Infectious Disease Informatics
URI: https://discovery.ucl.ac.uk/id/eprint/10176860
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