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Article: Electronic cigarette awareness and use among adults in Hong Kong

TitleElectronic cigarette awareness and use among adults in Hong Kong
Authors
KeywordsElectronic cigarette
Epidemiology
Adult
Hong Kong
Issue Date2016
PublisherPergamon. The Journal's web site is located at http://www.elsevier.com/locate/addictbeh
Citation
Addictive Behaviors, 2016, v. 52, p. 34-38 How to Cite?
AbstractIntroduction: Electronic cigarettes (e-cigarettes) have gained popularity rapidly in theWestern world but data in the East are scarce. We examined the awareness and ever use of e-cigarettes, and reasons for e-cigarette use in a probability sample of adults in Hong Kong. Methods: Cross-sectional data were collected in 2014 from Chinese adults aged 15–65 in Hong Kong (819 never smokers, 800 former smokers, 800 current smokers) via computer-assisted telephone interviews (response rate: 73.8%). Analysis was limited to a subset of 809 respondents (i.e., 357 never smokers, 269 former smokers, 183 current smokers) who were randomly selected to answer questions on e-cigarettes. Chi-square analyses compared e-cigarette awareness and ever use by gender, age, education, and cigarette smoking status. Multivariable logistic regression examined if e-cigarette awareness was associated with demographic variables and cigarette smoking status. Results: 75.4% of adults had heard of e-cigarettes, and 2.3% reported having used e-cigarettes. Greater awareness was associated with male gender and higher education. Ever use of e-cigarettes was higher among males (3.6%, p=.03), younger adults (aged 15–29, 5.2%, p=.002), and current cigarette smokers (11.8%, p b .001). Common reasons for using e-cigarettes were curiosity (47.4%), the stylish product design (25.8%), and quitting smoking (13.6%). Conclusions: Awareness of e-cigarettes was widespread in Hong Kong. Although the use of e-cigarettes was low, its relation with younger age and current smoking is of concern. Health surveillance of e-cigarette use is needed. Interventions should target young adults and cigarette smokers, and address the marketing messages, especially the effect of e-cigarettes on smoking cessation.
Persistent Identifierhttp://hdl.handle.net/10722/218503
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2015 Impact Factor: 2.795
2015 SCImago Journal Rankings: 1.514

 

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dc.contributor.authorJiang, N-
dc.contributor.authorChen, J-
dc.contributor.authorWang, MP-
dc.contributor.authorMcGhee, S-
dc.contributor.authorKwong, ACS-
dc.contributor.authorLai, VWY-
dc.contributor.authorLam, TH-
dc.date.accessioned2015-09-18T06:41:20Z-
dc.date.available2015-09-18T06:41:20Z-
dc.date.issued2016-
dc.identifier.citationAddictive Behaviors, 2016, v. 52, p. 34-38-
dc.identifier.issn0306-4603-
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/10722/218503-
dc.description.abstractIntroduction: Electronic cigarettes (e-cigarettes) have gained popularity rapidly in theWestern world but data in the East are scarce. We examined the awareness and ever use of e-cigarettes, and reasons for e-cigarette use in a probability sample of adults in Hong Kong. Methods: Cross-sectional data were collected in 2014 from Chinese adults aged 15–65 in Hong Kong (819 never smokers, 800 former smokers, 800 current smokers) via computer-assisted telephone interviews (response rate: 73.8%). Analysis was limited to a subset of 809 respondents (i.e., 357 never smokers, 269 former smokers, 183 current smokers) who were randomly selected to answer questions on e-cigarettes. Chi-square analyses compared e-cigarette awareness and ever use by gender, age, education, and cigarette smoking status. Multivariable logistic regression examined if e-cigarette awareness was associated with demographic variables and cigarette smoking status. Results: 75.4% of adults had heard of e-cigarettes, and 2.3% reported having used e-cigarettes. Greater awareness was associated with male gender and higher education. Ever use of e-cigarettes was higher among males (3.6%, p=.03), younger adults (aged 15–29, 5.2%, p=.002), and current cigarette smokers (11.8%, p b .001). Common reasons for using e-cigarettes were curiosity (47.4%), the stylish product design (25.8%), and quitting smoking (13.6%). Conclusions: Awareness of e-cigarettes was widespread in Hong Kong. Although the use of e-cigarettes was low, its relation with younger age and current smoking is of concern. Health surveillance of e-cigarette use is needed. Interventions should target young adults and cigarette smokers, and address the marketing messages, especially the effect of e-cigarettes on smoking cessation.-
dc.languageeng-
dc.publisherPergamon. The Journal's web site is located at http://www.elsevier.com/locate/addictbeh-
dc.relation.ispartofAddictive Behaviors-
dc.rightsNOTICE: this is the author’s version of a work that was accepted for publication in [Journal title]. Changes resulting from the publishing process, such as peer review, editing, corrections, structural formatting, and other quality control mechanisms may not be reflected in this document. Changes may have been made to this work since it was submitted for publication. A definitive version was subsequently published in PUBLICATION, [VOL#, ISSUE#, (DATE)] DOI#-
dc.subjectElectronic cigarette-
dc.subjectEpidemiology-
dc.subjectAdult-
dc.subjectHong Kong-
dc.titleElectronic cigarette awareness and use among adults in Hong Kong-
dc.typeArticle-
dc.identifier.emailJiang, N: nanjiang@hku.hk-
dc.identifier.emailChen, J: pianogal@hku.hk-
dc.identifier.emailWang, MP: mpwang@hku.hk-
dc.identifier.emailMcGhee, S: smmcghee@hkucc.hku.hk-
dc.identifier.emailLam, TH: hrmrlth@hkucc.hku.hk-
dc.identifier.authorityJiang, N=rp01867-
dc.identifier.authorityWang, MP=rp01863-
dc.identifier.authorityMcGhee, S=rp00393-
dc.identifier.authorityLam, TH=rp00326-
dc.identifier.doi10.1016/j.addbeh.2015.08.008-
dc.identifier.pmid26348280-
dc.identifier.scopuseid_2-s2.0-84940983429-
dc.identifier.hkuros253006-
dc.identifier.volume52-
dc.identifier.spage34-
dc.identifier.epage38-
dc.publisher.placeUnited Kingdom-

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