A newly published study investigated the association between socioeconomic status (SES) (education, income, and employment status) and current and former electronic nicotine delivery system (ENDS) use. Researchers analyzed data from the American Heart Association Tobacco Regulatory and Addiction Center (A-TRAC) online survey. Findings included:
- College educated persons (vs. those with less than a high school diploma) had a 37% greater prevalence of current ENDS use and a 16% greater prevalence of former ENDS use.
- Persons with household incomes above $90K (vs. less than $20,000) had a greater prevalence of current and former ENDS use.
- Those who were employed (vs. not employed) had a 13% greater prevalence of current ENDS use.
- Higher SES (vs. lower SES) persons were more likely to use ENDS.
Source: Glover et al. (2018). The social patterning of electronic nicotine delivery system use among US adults. Preventive Medicine, Aug 29;116:27-31. doi: 10.1016/j.ypmed.2018.08.038. [Epub ahead of print]