Electronic cigarette users may be heavier cigarette smokers trying to quit or reduce their cigarette smoking, a recent study found. However, e-cigarettes were also used at times when individuals could not smoke cigarettes and substance abuse treatment centers developing tobacco policies need to consider these potentially conflicting reasons for using e-cigarettes. Researchers examined prevalence and reasons for using e-cigarettes among 1,113 patients enrolled in 24 substance abuse treatment centers in the US. They found:
• Over 55.5% of the sample reported lifetime use of e-cigarettes, and 30.5% reported using e-cigarettes in the past 30 days.
• The main reasons for using e-cigarettes were 1) at times/places when smoking was prohibited (53.5%), and 2) as a way to quit/reduce cigarette smoking (50.3%).
• A majority of e-cigarette users (87.1%) reported dual use of e-cigarettes and tobacco cigarettes during the past month.
Citation: Gubner NR, Andrews KB, Mohammed-Zadeh A, Lisha NE, Guydish J. Electronic-cigarette use by individuals in treatment for substance abuse: A survey of 24 treatment centers in the United States. [Published online ahead of print June 29, 2016]. Addict Behav. doi:10.106/j.addbeh.2016.06.025.