Use of Electronic Cigarettes Among Cancer Survivors in the U.S.

Ramzi G. Salloum, Kayla R. Getz, Andy S.L. Tan, Lisa Carter-Harris, Kelly C. Young-Wolff, Thomas J. George, Elizabeth A. Shenkman

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Abstract

Introduction The population-level patterns of electronic cigarette (e-cigarette) use among cancer survivors in the U.S. are unknown. The objective of this study was to examine the prevalence and correlates of e-cigarette use among cancer survivors in a nationally representative sample. Methods A cross-sectional analysis was conducted of the 2014 National Health Interview Survey of the U.S. non-institutionalized civilian population. The main study outcomes were the prevalence and correlates of ever and current e-cigarette use among adults with self-reported history of cancer, excluding non-melanoma skin cancer (N=2,695). Multivariable logistic regression analyses examined whether e-cigarette use differed by cigarette smoking status and demographic subgroups. The analyses were performed in 2015. Results The prevalence of e-cigarette use among adult cancer survivors was lower than the general population: 2.8% of cancer survivors reported currently using e-cigarettes and an additional 6.3% had previously used e-cigarettes but were not currently using them. Use of e-cigarettes was most common among cancer survivors who currently smoked cigarettes: 34.3% of current smokers were ever e-cigarette users and 15.6% were current e-cigarette users, compared with former smokers (2.7% ever and 1.4% current e-cigarette users) and never smokers (small sample/estimates unavailable). Conclusions E-cigarettes are not part of current evidence-based smoking-cessation strategies. However, the finding that cancer survivors who currently smoke cigarettes are more likely to use e-cigarettes highlights the importance of addressing e-cigarette use in patient–provider communications around tobacco cessation.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)762-766
Number of pages5
JournalAmerican journal of preventive medicine
Volume51
Issue number5
DOIs
StatePublished - Nov 1 2016

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Epidemiology
  • Public Health, Environmental and Occupational Health

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    Salloum, R. G., Getz, K. R., Tan, A. S. L., Carter-Harris, L., Young-Wolff, K. C., George, T. J., & Shenkman, E. A. (2016). Use of Electronic Cigarettes Among Cancer Survivors in the U.S. American journal of preventive medicine, 51(5), 762-766. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.amepre.2016.04.015