The Relationship Between E-cigarette Use and Tobacco Status Among Youth in Public Health Tobacco Cessation Programs

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Janet Reis


E-cigarette use is an emerging and fast-growing trend particularly among youth and young adults that has not been thoroughly researched in terms of quit rates and abstinence rates. The objective of this research was to determine whether there is an association between e-cigarette use and cessation rates of youth in tobacco cessation programs. This research compiled in Fiscal Year 2015 analyzes quantitative evaluation data gathered from statewide public health tobacco cessation programs in the Idaho in order to explore the relationship between e-cigarette use and quit rates. This research evaluates data from participants of tobacco cessation programs (N=2127) and the association between youth e-cigarette use and tobacco status at the end of the program. The research was conducted using SPSS to analyze tobacco cessation outcomes by age group and e-cig use. Chi square analysis was conducted between e-cigarette use and the tobacco status of youth and adults. Results showed significant associations between tobacco status by age group as well as by youth e-cigarette use. The data shows that e-cigs show promising potential for use as a cessation tool among participants attempting to quit tobacco use. Understanding behaviors in electronic cigarette use is important to implementing changes in clean indoor air policies, understanding the best practices for effective tobacco cessation in order to improve quit and abstinence rates, and advancing accurate perceptions on the safety of e-cigarette use for all users.

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