Use of Electronic Cigarettes Among State Tobacco Cessation Quitline Callers.
Tuesday, June 11, 2013
Posted by: Natalia Gromov
Vickerman KA, Carpenter KM, Altman T, Nash CM, Zbikowski SM.
Nicotine Tob Res. 2013 May 8. [Epub ahead of print]
This study examined e-cigarette use among tobacco users
seeking help from state tobacco quitlines, the reasons for its use, and whether
e-cigarette use influences success with quitting tobacco. Results show that
nearly one-third of respondents reported ever using or trying e-cigarettes. Of
those who had tried e-cigarettes, over six in ten (61.7%) reported using them
for less than one month. Reasons for using e-cigarettes including for help with
quitting other tobacco (51.3%) or to replace other tobacco (15.2%). E-cigarette
users (both those who had used e-cigarettes for more than one month and less
than one month) were significantly less likely to be quit from tobacco seven
months after calling a state quitline compared with participants who had never
tried e-cigarettes (30-day point prevalence rates: 16.6% and 21.7% vs. 31.3%,
p<.001). The authors conclude that the rates of e-cigarette use, and the use
of e-cigarettes as cessation aids should
inform policy and treatment discussions on this topic, especially since the FDA
has not approved e-cigarettes as a cessation aid.