The use of e-cigarettes among university students in Malaysia
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Department of Community Health, Faculty of Medicine, Universiti Kebangsaan Malaysia Medical Centre, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
Respiratory Units, Faculty of Medicine, Universiti Kebangsaan Malaysia Medical Centre, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
Department Da’wah and Leadership Studies, Faculty of Islamic Studies, Universiti Kebangsaan Malaysia, Selangor, Malaysia
Department of Family Medicine, Faculty of Medicine, Universiti Kebangsaan Malaysia Medical Centre, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
University Malaya Centre of Addiction Sciences (UMCAS), University Malaya, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
Department of Psychiatry, Faculty of Medicine, Universiti Kebangsaan Malaysia Medical Centre, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
Institute for Environment and Development (LESTARI), Universiti Kebangsaan Malaysia, Selangor, Malaysia
Department of Psychological and Behavioural Medicine, Faculty of Medicine, Universiti Teknologi MARA (UiTM), Selayang Campus, Batu Caves, Selangor, Malaysia
Department of Software Engineering, College of Information Technology, Universiti Tenaga Nasional (UNITEN), Kajang, Malaysia
Sharifa Ezat Wan Puteh   

Department of Community Health, Faculty of Medicine, University Kebangsaan Malaysia Medical Centre, Cheras, 56000 Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
Publish date: 2018-12-10
Tob. Induc. Dis. 2018;16(December):57
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.

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.

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.

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.

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