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E-cigarette Use and Cigarette Smoking Cessation among Texas College Students

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Objectives: We examined the relationships between e-cigarette use and subsequent cigarette smoking behaviors at 6- and 12-month follow-ups among young adults. Methods: Participants were 18-29 year-old current and former cigarette smokers (N = 627) at 24 Texas colleges, participating in a 3-wave study. Multi-level, multivariable logistic regression models, accounting for school clustering, examined the impact of self-reported use of e-cigarettes on cigarette smoking status at 6- and 12-month follow-ups. Two mutually-exclusive groups of e-cigarette users were examined: those that used for cigarette smoking cessation and those that used for reasons other than cessation. Baseline covariates included socio-demographics, past quit attempts, nicotine dependence, cigarettes per day, and other tobacco use. Results: Use of e-cigarettes for cigarette smoking cessation was associated with increased odds of cigarette smoking cessation at 6- and 12-month follow-ups, while using e-cigarettes for other reasons was not, when adjusting for covariates. Conclusions: Use of e-cigarettes for cigarette smoking cessation may reduce cigarette smoking rates in young adult college students. Additional research is needed examining e-cigarettes as a complement to evidence-based cessation resources that are associated with cigarette smoking cessation among young adults.
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Document Type: Research Article

Affiliations: 1: Tobacco Center of Regulatory Science on Youth and Young Adults, University of Texas School of Public Health, Austin, TX 2: Professor, University of Texas at Austin, Austin, TX;, Email: [email protected] 3: Professor and Regional Dean, University of Texas School of Public Health, Austin, TX

Publication date: November 1, 2017

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