Electronic Cigarette Use Among Korean Adolescents: A cross-sectional study of market penetration, dual use, and relationship to quit attempts and former smoking

In South Korea electronic cigarettes (e-cigarettes) are marketed as a smoking cessation device.  Co-authors, Sungkyu Lee, PhD, Rachel A. Grana, PhD and Stanton A. Glantz, PhD assessed the prevalence of e-cigarette use among Korean adolescents and the relationship between e-cigarette use, current smoking, cigarettes per day, attempts to quit conventional cigarettes and ceasing to use cigarettes.  Findings from this study, published November 2013, online in Journal of Adolescent Health,  indicated that current cigarette smokers were much more likely to use e-cigarettes than nonsmokers.  The odds of being an e-cigarette user is 1.58 times higher among students who had made a quit attempt than for those who had not.  While e-cigarettes are marketed as a cigarette alternative and a smoking cessation aid, those who made a quit attempt were more likely to try e-cigarettes but less likely to no longer use cigarettes.  Click here to read the full article.