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Prevalence and Reasons for Initiating Use of Electronic Cigarettes Among Adults in Montana, 2013
Lisa Schmidt, MPH, ATC; Alison Reidmohr, BA; Todd S. Harwell, MPH; Steven D. Helgerson, MD, MPH
Suggested citation for this article: Schmidt L, Reidmohr A, Harwell TS, Helgerson SD. Prevalence and Reasons for Initiating Use of Electronic Cigarettes Among Adults in Montana, 2013. Prev Chronic Dis 2014;11:140283. DOI:http://dx.doi.org/10.5888/pcd11.140283.
We used data from the 2013 Montana Adult Tobacco Survey to estimate the prevalence of electronic cigarette (e-cigarette) use and reasons for initiation among Montana adults. More than 1 in 10 (11.2%, 95% confidence interval [CI], 9.1%–13.2%) adults reported ever using e-cigarettes, and 1.3% (95% CI, 0.7%–1.9%) reported current use. Most respondents reported “trying something new” (64%) or “trying to quit or reduce cigarette use” (56%) as a reason for initiating use. Ongoing surveillance of these addictive products is needed.
Cigarette smoking remains the leading cause of preventable death in the United States (1). Because of public health efforts, cigarette sales have steadily declined in Montana during past decades (2). Although tobacco use prevention programs continue to address cigarette use, other tobacco products are a growing concern. The tobacco industry is now marketing another tobacco product, the electronic cigarette (e-cigarette). Use of e-cigarettes quadrupled among US adults from 2009 to 2010 (3); however, little is known about why people are using this product. The objective of this study was to describe the prevalence of e-cigarette use and to identify reasons for initiating use among Montana adults.
This work was funded in part by CDC grant no. 2U58DP001977-06 and from the Montana DPHHS. The contents herein do not necessarily reflect the official views and policies of CDC, the US Department of Health and Human Services, or the Montana DPHHS.
Corresponding Author: Lisa Schmidt, MPH, ATC, Montana Department of Public Health and Human Services, 1400 Broadway St, Helena, MT 59620. Telephone: 406-444-0927. E-mail: Lschmidt2@mt.gov.
Author Affiliations: Alison Reidmohr, Todd S. Harwell, Steven D. Helgerson, Montana Department of Public Health and Human Services, Helena, Montana.