The use of e-cigarettes among university students in Malaysia

Sharifa Ezat Wan Puteh, Roslina Abd. Manap, Hassan Tidi Maharani, Izzah Syazwani Ahmad, Idayu Badilla Idris, Fariza Md. Sham, Rea Ban Yu-Lin, Chun Ian Soo, Rashidi Mohamed Pakri Mohamed, Ahmad Irdha Mokhtar, Hazli Zakaria, Jing Lee, Amer Siddiq Amer Nordin, Suthahar Ariaratnam, Mohd Zaliman Mohd Yusoff

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INTRODUCTION E-cigarette use is an emerging phenomenon with increasing recognition and acceptance globally. This study aims to create a profile of e-cigarette users among university students in Malaysia. METHODS The study was conducted using a cross-sectional research involving six universities in Malaysia. A semi-structured questionnaire was distributed to 1302 randomly selected students, who either smoked cigarettes and/or e-cigarettes. The 2011 version of Global Adult Tobacco Surveys (GATS) tool was used to record the respondents’ sociodemographic data. RESULTS The study revealed that 74.9% of the respondents smoked e-cigarettes; 40.3% used both cigarettes and e-cigarettes (dual users), and 34.5% were exclusive e-cigarette users. The exclusive use of e-cigarettes was related to gender (OR=0.18, 95% CI: 0.09–0.39). Also, male respondents were the majority users (95%). Of the respondents, 75.2 % were Malays, 98.0% single and most believed they have no health problems (92.1%). Further findings revealed the occurrence of adverse effects, dizziness 14.4%, cough 14.1%, and headaches 12.4%. Overall, 57.8% of the respondents used e-cigarettes as a smoking cessation tool, while others consider e-cigarettes a self-image enhancing tool or as part of social activities. CONCLUSIONS Further research on the use of e-cigarettes should be conducted on a large number of respondents in other settings to augment the findings of this study, and also guide policy making on and prevention practice of e-cigarette use, among the general student population in Malaysia.

Original languageEnglish
Article number57
JournalTobacco Induced Diseases
Volume16
Issue numberDecember
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 1 Dec 2018

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Malaysia
Tobacco Products
Students
university
student
self-image
nicotine
smoking
acceptance
questionnaire
gender
health
Primary Headache Disorders
Surveys and Questionnaires
Policy Making
Dizziness
Smoking Cessation
Research
Tobacco

Keywords

  • Electronic cigarettes
  • Malaysia
  • Smoking
  • Students
  • University

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  • Health(social science)
  • Medicine (miscellaneous)
  • Public Health, Environmental and Occupational Health

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The use of e-cigarettes among university students in Malaysia. / Wan Puteh, Sharifa Ezat; Abd. Manap, Roslina; Tidi Maharani, Hassan; Ahmad, Izzah Syazwani; Idris, Idayu Badilla; Md. Sham, Fariza; Ban Yu-Lin, Rea; Soo, Chun Ian; Pakri Mohamed, Rashidi Mohamed; Mokhtar, Ahmad Irdha; Zakaria, Hazli; Lee, Jing; Amer Nordin, Amer Siddiq; Ariaratnam, Suthahar; Mohd Yusoff, Mohd Zaliman.

In: Tobacco Induced Diseases, Vol. 16, No. December, 57, 01.12.2018.

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