Did You Know? Low Income Linked to E-Cigarette Use

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A recently published study examined associations between sociodemographic factors and e-cigarette use in a nationally representative sample of adults in the United States. Data from the National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey (NHANES) for years 2015-2016 were analyzed to assess e-cigarette use.

 

Findings included:

  • Compared with adults aged ≥55 years, odds of e-cigarette use were 4.77 times higher among ages 18 to 34 years and 2.16 times higher among ages 35 to 54 years.
  • Higher odds of e-cigarette use were observed among widowed/divorced/separated participants compared with those who were married/living with a partner, among participants with less than high school or high school/general educational development (GED) education compared with those with college degrees/some college, and among those with incomes below the poverty level compared with above the poverty level.
  • For non-smokers of conventional cigarettes, higher odds of e-cigarette use were observed among males compared with females, Mexican Americans/Other Hispanics compared with non-Hispanic whites, and non-working participants compared with those who were working.

 

Overall findings indicate that individuals who are widowed/divorced/separated, individuals with lower education, and with incomes below the poverty level are more likely to report ever use of e-cigarettes.

Source: Stallings-Smith & Ballantyne (2019). Ever Use of E-Cigarettes Among Adults in the United States: A Cross-Sectional Study of Sociodemographic Factors. Inquiry, Jan-Dec, 56:46958019864479.

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