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E-cigarette use found to be high among Montana adults

Fewer than 2 percent of adults reported current use of e-; however, 11.2 percent of Montana adults reported they used e- at least once, according to a recent study from the Montana Department of Public Health and Human Services.

Using data from the 2013 , researchers found that the average age of Montana adults who reported use of e-cigarettes was 30. Among respondents who reported ever using e-cigarettes, 71 percent were current . were more likely than to ever have used e-cigarettes.

Among respondents who were current smokers, over half reported ever using e-cigarettes. This is markedly higher than the prevalence of e- use reported by former smokers, users of other smoking and smokeless tobacco, and non-smokers. Nearly 10 percent of smokers also reported current use of e-cigarettes. There was no significant difference in the prevalence of e- use by sex or by race.

Researchers found that the most frequently reported reasons for initiating e-cigarette use were “to try something new (curiosity)” and “to quit/reduce cigarette use.” Just over half of respondents indicated initiating use because “e-cigarettes are less harmful than cigarettes”. Fewer respondents tried e-cigarettes because of smoke restrictions, taste preference, or cost savings. Most younger adult e-cigarette users reported they wanted to try something new. In contrast, older adult e-cigarette users were more likely to report they wanted to quit or reduce cigarette use.

Study: Prevalence and Reasons for Initiating Use of Electronic Cigarettes Among Adults in Montana, 2013, Lisa Schmidt, MPH, ATC, Preventing Chronic Disease, doi: 10.5888/pcd11.140283, published 20 November 2014.


Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)