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dc.contributor.authorJongenelis, Michelle
dc.contributor.authorKameron, C.
dc.contributor.authorBrennan, E.
dc.contributor.authorRudaizky, D.
dc.contributor.authorSlevin, Terry
dc.contributor.authorPettigrew, Simone
dc.identifier.citationJongenelis, M. and Kameron, C. and Brennan, E. and Rudaizky, D. and Slevin, T. and Pettigrew, S. 2018. E-cigarette product preferences among Australian young adult e-cigarette users. Australian and New Zealand Journal of Public Health. 42 (6): pp. 572-574.

Objective: To assess preferences for e-cigarettes containing nicotine and flavourings among Australian young adult e-cigarette users. Methods: An online survey was administered to 1,116 young adults (18–25 years), 104 of whom had used an e-cigarette in the last 30 days and were the focus of this study. Among users, 53% also smoked tobacco cigarettes, 27% were non-smokers and 20% had never smoked. Results: Nearly two-thirds (64%) of e-cigarette users preferred nicotine-containing e-cigarettes (71% of smokers, 56% of non-smokers, 55% of never smokers). The vast majority (89%) preferred flavoured e-cigarettes (92% of smokers, 82% of non-smokers, 95% of never smokers), with fruit flavours the most popular. Conclusions: E-cigarettes containing nicotine and flavourings were popular among users of these devices in this sample of young adults. Implications for public health: Previous research has documented potential harms associated with e-liquid additives, flavourings, and nicotine. The present results showing strong preferences for nicotine and flavourings among the sampled e-cigarette users suggest that: i) flavourings in e-liquids should be regulated; and ii) existing prohibitions on the unauthorised supply of liquid nicotine should be better enforced. Population-wide monitoring of the use of e-cigarettes with different product characteristics is also warranted.

dc.publisherWiley-Blackwell Publishing Asia
dc.titleE-cigarette product preferences among Australian young adult e-cigarette users
dc.typeJournal Article
dcterms.source.titleAustralian and New Zealand Journal of Public Health
curtin.departmentSchool of Psychology
curtin.accessStatusOpen access

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