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Prevalence and characteristics of e-cigarette users among the current smokers and ex-smokers population in Malaysia

Ho, Bee Kiau and Nik Mohamed, Mohamad Haniki and Ab Rahman, Jamalludin and Draman, Samsul and Kartiwi, Mira and Ab Rahman, Norny Syafinaz and Md Haris Robson, Noor Zurani and Chan, Caryn Mei Hsien and Lim, Kuang Hock and Baharom, Nizam and Ismail, Norliana and Tee, Guat Hiong and Ling, Miaw Yn and Wei, Lei Hum (2017) Prevalence and characteristics of e-cigarette users among the current smokers and ex-smokers population in Malaysia. The Medical Journal of Malaysia, 72 (supp. 1). p. 78. ISSN 0300-5283

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Data are limited on the extent and characteristics of electronic cigarettes (e-cigarettes) use among smokers and ex-smokers. The objectives of the study were to determine the prevalence of e-cigarette use, socio-demographic and smoking characteristics associated with current e-cigarette use among smokers and ex-smokers population in Malaysia. METHODS: This was an analysis of secondary data from a cross-sectional national population based e-cigarette study conducted in May and June 2016 throughout Malaysia. The details description of the sampling methods was described in National E-cigarette Survey (NECS) 2016 report. Briefly, data were obtained from the 1396 ever smokers i.e., 957 (68.6%) current smokers and 439 (31.4%) ex-smokers from this survey. RESULTS: Current e-cigarette use was found predominantly among current smokers (8.0%) as compared with ex-smokers (4.3%). Among current smokers, the reason for smoking e-cigarette was mainly wanting to try (44.7%), followed by intention to quit tobacco smoking (15.8%), to reduce tobacco smoking (10.5%), to replace tobacco smoking (7.9%) and to reduce cost of smoking (6.6%). There was no significant difference between the 2 groups in term of reasons for initiating e-cigarette. By using multiple logistic regressions analysis, we found that among current smokers, current e-cigarette users were more likely to be younger i.e., 18-44 years (aOR 4.83, 95%CI 1.97-11.86, p=0.001), urban residents (aOR 1.89, 95%CI 1.15-3.11, p=0.012), single/ divorced/ widowed (aOR 2.11, 95%CI 1.24-3.61, p=0.006) and student (aOR 2.25, 95%CI 1.01-5.01, p=0.048).

Item Type: Article (Meeting Abstract)
Additional Information: 5123/58982
Uncontrolled Keywords: e-cigarette, current smokers, ex-smokers, Malaysia
Subjects: R Medicine > R Medicine (General)
Kulliyyahs/Centres/Divisions/Institutes (Can select more than one option. Press CONTROL button): Kulliyyah of Information and Communication Technology
Kulliyyah of Information and Communication Technology

Kulliyyah of Medicine > Department of Family Medicine (Effective: 1st January 2011)
Kulliyyah of Pharmacy
Depositing User: Professor Dr. Mohamad Haniki Nik Mohamed
Date Deposited: 03 Nov 2017 09:36
Last Modified: 15 Dec 2017 09:07
URI: http://irep.iium.edu.my/id/eprint/58982

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