The Eurasian Journal of Medicine
Original Article

Use of e-Cigarettes and Tobacco Products Among Youth in Turkey

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Department of Chest Diseases, Harran University Faculty of Medicine, Şanlıurfa, Turkey

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Mustafa Kemal Atatürk Vocational and Technical Anatolian High School, Eskişehir, Turkey

Eurasian J Med 2022; 54: 127-132
DOI: 10.5152/eurasianjmed.2022.20168
Read: 383 Downloads: 157 Published: 01 June 2022

Objective: The aim of this study was to determine high school students’ views about tobacco products and e-cigarettes and e-cigarette smoking prevalence in one of Turkey’s western provinces.

Materials and Methods: This cross-sectional study included 286 students. The data collection form consisted of 18 questions related to sociodemographic features and tobacco and e-cigarette use.

Results: Of the 286 participants, 32.2% reported having used a tobacco product in the past month, 1.02% reported having used e-cigarettes, and 15.2% have tried e-cigarettes at least once. Of those who tried e-cigarettes, 19.2% of them did so because of curiosity. A positive correlation was found between e-cigarette trial and tobacco use, with age. Smoking/e-cigarette use status was significant with “e-cigarettes are harmful” (P=.034), “e-cigarette smoke is harmful” (P = .003), and “selling and advertising e-cigarettes is prohibited” (P =.043).

Conclusion: This study determined that 3 out of 10 youths used tobacco products, and 1 used e-cigarettes. There is a need to raise awareness among high school students and youth regarding the dangers of e-ciga- rettes and tobacco products.

Cite this article as: Kurtuluş Ş, Can R. Use of e-cigarettes and tobacco products among youth in Turkey. Eurasian J Med., 2022;54(2)2:127-132.

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