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Use of e-cigarette among Malaysian male adults: findings from global adult tobacco survey 2011 and national e-cigarette survey 2016

Tee, Guat Hiong and Mohd Yusoff, Muhammad Fadhli and Wee, Lei Hum and Chan, Caryn Mei Hsien and Ab Rahman, Jamalludin and Ab Rahman, Norny Syafinaz and Draman, Samsul and Kartiwi, Mira and Omar, Mohd Azahadi and Ling, Jane Miaw Yn and Ho, Bee Kiau and Baharom, Nizam and Md Haris Robson, Noor Zurani and Nik Mohamed, Mohamad Haniki (2017) Use of e-cigarette among Malaysian male adults: findings from global adult tobacco survey 2011 and national e-cigarette survey 2016. In: 5th Asia Pacific Conference on Public Health, 10-13 Sept 2017, Kuching, Sarawak.

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Abstract

Introduction: The use of electronic cigarettes (e-cigarettes) has become prevalent in many countries including Malaysia. Use of e-cigarettes has generated a lot of debates on its health effects and is a major public health concern. This study aimed to examine the use of e-cigarettes among Malaysian male adults aged 18 years and above in 2011 and 2016. Methods: Data were obtained from the Global Adult Tobacco Survey (GATS) 2011 and National E-Cigarette Survey (NECS) 2016. These were nationally representative household surveys using multi-stage cluster sampling design. Analyses were performed by using SPSS. Results: Overall prevalence of e-cigarette use among Malaysian adults aged 18 years and above were 0.9% (0.4-1.8) in 2011 and 2.8% (2.2-3.6) in 2016. E-cigarette use among male current smokers increased significantly from 3.5% (1.7-7.0) to 9.8% (7.5-12.8) in 2011 and 2016 respectively. E-cigarette use among male former smokers were 1.5% (0.2-10.2) in 2011 and 4.3 % (2.0-9.1) in 2016. The prevalence of e-cigarette use among male never smokers was 2.1% (1.2-3.5) in 2016. The three main reasons of e-cigarette use among male adults from NECS were: to experiment/try (47.0%; 95%CI: 38.1-56.0); to quit tobacco smoking (16.2%; 95%CI: 9.8-25.5); and to reduce tobacco smoking (9.6%; 95%CI: 4.6-18.9). Conclusions: The prevalence of e-cigarette use among male dual users aged 18 years and above increased significantly from 2011 to 2016. Surveillance in monitoring these dual users are needed. In addition, it is important to implement prevention control policies to protect never smokers from uptake of smoking through e-cigarettes. Further studies are warranted to justify the reasons for using e-cigarettes as claimed by this population.

Item Type: Conference or Workshop Item (Speech/Talk)
Additional Information: 3297/59839
Uncontrolled Keywords: use of e-cigarette, malaysian male adult, GATS, NECS
Subjects: R Medicine > RA Public aspects of medicine > RA0421 Public health. Hygiene. Preventive Medicine
Kulliyyahs/Centres/Divisions/Institutes: Kulliyyah of Information and Communication Technology > Department of Information System
Kulliyyah of Information and Communication Technology > Department of Information System

Kulliyyah of Medicine > Department of Community Medicine (Effective: 1st January 2011)
Kulliyyah of Medicine > Department of Family Medicine (Effective: 1st January 2011)
Kulliyyah of Pharmacy > Department of Pharmacy Practice
Depositing User: nur hakimah a manan
Date Deposited: 30 Nov 2017 17:00
Last Modified: 12 Jan 2018 16:28
URI: http://irep.iium.edu.my/id/eprint/59839

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