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Knowledge and use of electronic cigarettes in young adults in the United Arab Emirates, particularly during the COVID-19 pandemic

Abbasi, Y, van Hout, MC, Fargalla, M and Itani, L (2022) Knowledge and use of electronic cigarettes in young adults in the United Arab Emirates, particularly during the COVID-19 pandemic. International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health, 19 (13). ISSN 1660-4601

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Abstract

1) Background: The popularity of electronic cigarettes (e-cigarettes) has recently increased. Although they are less harmful than regular cigarettes, they still cause health consequences and their use for smoking cessation is inconclusive. The objective of this study was to evaluate patterns of use, knowledge about and attitude towards e-cigarettes among youth in the United Arab Emirates (UAE) while also researching the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on smoking behavior. (2) Methods: An online cross-sectional survey was distributed across three major universities in the UAE (n=240) between March and November 2021. Descriptive analysis, comparison across gender and nationality groups, and correlates of 30-day e-cigarette use and self-reported increases in nicotine consumption during the pandemic were studied. (3) Results: About 37% of students had ever used an e-cigarette and 23% had smoked e-cigarettes in the past month. During the pandemic, 52% of university students self-reported no change in nicotine consumption while only 17.5% had reported an increase. The current smoking of regular cigarettes, waterpipe and medwakh had increased the odds of having an increase in smoking during the pandemic by 5.3 times. (4) Conclusions: The findings inform youth behavior and knowledge about vaping in the UAE and could also support the development of awareness interventions.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: Toxicology
Subjects: R Medicine > RA Public aspects of medicine > RA0421 Public health. Hygiene. Preventive Medicine
R Medicine > RA Public aspects of medicine > RA1190 Toxicology. Poisions
Divisions: Public Health Institute
Publisher: MDPI AG
SWORD Depositor: A Symplectic
Date Deposited: 30 May 2022 14:37
Last Modified: 27 Jun 2022 09:30
DOI or Identification number: 10.3390/ijerph19137828
URI: https://researchonline.ljmu.ac.uk/id/eprint/16976

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