Young Australian males most vulnerable to using e-cigarettes

Healthway-funded research recently published in the Health Promotion Journal of Australia concluded that young Australian males were most vulnerable to using e-cigarettes, with the most common reason for their use among smokers and non-smokers of traditional cigarettes being enjoyment.

The online survey of 1,116 Australians aged 18 to 25 years found that young males are particularly vulnerable to both trialing electronic nicotine delivery systems and becoming regular e-cigarette users.  Just over 10 per cent of young adult e-cigarette users reported using the devices to quit smoking.

Lead author Dr Michelle Jongenelis, from the School of Psychology at Curtin University said the popularity of e-cigarettes had grown rapidly around the world,  and the growing range of electronic devices capable of delivering nicotine available on the market represented new challenges for the public health community.

The research was co-authored by researchers from the School of Psychology at Curtin University, Cancer Council Western Australia, and The University of Western Australia.

The research paper titled: ‘Differences in use of electronic nicotine delivery systems by smoking status and demographic characteristics among Australian young adults,’ can be found online here.