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E‐cigarette use and the relationship to smoking among Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander and non‐Indigenous Australian Secondary Students, 2017

Heris, C., Scully, M., Chamberlain, C. and White, V. (2022) E‐cigarette use and the relationship to smoking among Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander and non‐Indigenous Australian Secondary Students, 2017. Australian and New Zealand Journal of Public Health . Early View.

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Abstract

Objective: Estimate the prevalence of e-cigarette use (vaping) among Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander adolescents and explore the relationship between vaping and tobacco use.

Methods: N=18,199 students aged 12–17 years (n=1,097 Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander) participating in the 2017 Australian Secondary Students’ Alcohol and Drug (ASSAD) Survey self-reported their e-cigarette and lifetime, past month and past week smoking behaviours.

Results: Twenty-two per cent of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students (14% all) reported having ever used e-cigarettes. Significantly greater odds of e-cigarette use among Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students was observed overall, but not among regular (past month/week) smokers. There were significant associations between e-cigarette use and any level of smoking for all students (p<0.001), with no variation by Indigenous status. While e-cigarette use was more common among smokers, 28% of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander ever-vapers (35% all ever-vapers) were never smokers.

Conclusions: There is substantial prevalence of e-cigarette ever-use among Australian secondary students, including Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students, and a strong relationship with tobacco use.

Implications for public health: Policies facilitating e-cigarette access must not undercut tobacco control efforts for adolescents, particularly Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people who continue to experience higher smoking rates.

Item Type: Journal Article
Murdoch Affiliation(s): Ngangk Yira Aboriginal Health Research Centre
Publisher: Wiley-Blackwell
Copyright: © 2022 The Authors.
URI: http://researchrepository.murdoch.edu.au/id/eprint/66180
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