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Interest in quitting e-cigarette use by device type and smoking history in US adults


Background The use of e-cigarettes has been increasing, especially since the introduction of ‘pod’ devices to the marketplace since 2018. Most adults who vape report interest in quitting. The present study examined level of interest in e-cigarette cessation between users with varying cigarette smoking histories and device types.

Methods Data obtained from wave 5 (2018–2019) of the Population Assessment of Tobacco and Health study (n=34 309). Analyses were conducted on adult current established e-cigarette users, categorised on cigarette smoking history (current, former or never) and device type (disposable, cartridge/pod, tank or mod). Participants reported if they planned to ever quit e-cigarettes, attempted to quit in the past year and attempted to quit by cutting back in the past year.

Results Of the 2922 established e-cigarette users, 68.21% reported plans to quit vaping; 17.27% reported attempting to quit e-cigarettes in the past year; and 29.28% reported attempting to quit by cutting back in the past year. Cartridge users had higher odds of interest in quitting than tank and mod users. Disposable and cartridge users had higher odds of reporting a past year quit attempt than tank and mod users. Individuals with no smoking history had higher odds of reporting a past year quit attempt or cutting back relative to those reporting dual use (of both e-cigarettes and cigarettes) and former smoking.

Conclusions Tobacco control should consider the type of e-cigarette device that is being used, alongside users’ cigarette smoking history, when developing interventions and other resources for vaping cessation.

  • electronic nicotine delivery devices
  • cessation
  • addiction

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