The use of e-cigarettes among university students in Malaysia

Wan Puteh, Sharifa Ezat and Abdul Manap, Roslina and Maharani, Hassan and Ahmad, Izzah Syazwani and Idris, Idayu Badilla and Md Sham, Fariza and Yu Lin, Andrea Ban and Soo Chun, Ian and Pakri Mohamad, Mohamed Rashidi and Mokhtar, Ahmad Irdha and Zakaria, Hazli and Lee, Jing and Amer Nordin, Amer Siddiq and Ariaratnam, Suthahar and Mohd Yusoff, Mohd Zaliman (2018) The use of e-cigarettes among university students in Malaysia. Tobacco Induced Diseases, 16 (Dec). p. 57. ISSN 1617-9625, DOI

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INTRODUCTION E-cigarette use is an emerging phenomenon with increasing recognition and acceptance globally. This study aims to create a profile of e-cigarette users among university students in Malaysia. METHODS The study was conducted using a cross-sectional research involving six universities in Malaysia. A semi-structured questionnaire was distributed to 1302 randomly selected students, who either smoked cigarettes and/or e-cigarettes. The 2011 version of Global Adult Tobacco Surveys (GATS) tool was used to record the respondents’ sociodemographic data. RESULTS The study revealed that 74.9% of the respondents smoked e-cigarettes; 40.3% used both cigarettes and e-cigarettes (dual users), and 34.5% were exclusive e-cigarette users. The exclusive use of e-cigarettes was related to gender (OR=0.18, 95% CI: 0.09–0.39). Also, male respondents were the majority users (95%). Of the respondents, 75.2 % were Malays, 98.0% single and most believed they have no health problems (92.1%). Further findings revealed the occurrence of adverse effects, dizziness 14.4%, cough 14.1%, and headaches 12.4%. Overall, 57.8% of the respondents used e-cigarettes as a smoking cessation tool, while others consider e-cigarettes a self-image enhancing tool or as part of social activities. CONCLUSIONS Further research on the use of e-cigarettes should be conducted on a large number of respondents in other settings to augment the findings of this study, and also guide policy making on and prevention practice of e-cigarette use, among the general student population in Malaysia.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: Electronic cigarettes; Malaysia; Smoking; Students; University
Subjects: R Medicine
Divisions: Faculty of Medicine
Depositing User: Ms. Juhaida Abd Rahim
Date Deposited: 21 Feb 2019 02:28
Last Modified: 21 Feb 2019 02:28

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