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A Comparative Analysis of Electronic Cigarette Smoking and Smoking Cessation Trial Related Factors in Adolescent: The Korea Youth Risk Behavior Web-based Survey 2014
J Korean Soc Res Nicotine Tob 2017; 8(2): 65-72
Published online December 15, 2017
© 2017 The Korean Society for Research on Nicotine and Tobacco.

Je-Han Lee, Min-Jeong Kim*, Seok-Joong Kim, Eun-Sung Sim, Hyungjoo Kim, Eunshik Mo, Byunghyun Chae

Department of Family Medicine, National Medical Center, Seoul, Korea
Correspondence to: 源誘쇱젙
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Received July 15, 2017; Revised September 4, 2017; Accepted October 1, 2017.
This is an Open Access article distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution Non-Commercial License ( which permits unrestricted non-commercial use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited.
Background: The purpose of this comparative study is to identify the relationship between electronic cigarette and smoking cessation trial among South Korean 12-18 aged adolescent smokers. Methods: Studying the relationship between smoking only group and dual use group (those who conventional cigarette and electronic cigarette both) by analyzing the survey data conducted by the Korea Youth Risk Behavior Web-based Survey in 2014. Sex, school year, stress level, scholastic performance, smoking level, passive smoking level, alcohol consumption, and subjective physical condition were investigated by an anonymous online survey. Surveyed data were analyzed with multivariate logistic regression. Results: In a comparison between smoking only group and electronic cigarette dual smoking group, the use of electronic cigarettes was not dearly correlated with smoking cessation trial. The electronic cigarette dual smoking group is showed various reasons of using electronic cigarette as economic, healthy, less harmful, no smell, availability at school and home, and curiosity so on. Conclusion: Electronic cigarette smoking does not help stop smoking of heavy youth smokers. Heavy youth smokers used the electronic cigarette to save money and to escape the restriction on smoking and to get worse nicotine addiction finally. These data suggest that electronic cigarette use among youth is an emerging public health issue, even though there remains no evidence that it represents a new pathway into smoking. Further research is needed to explore why young people use electronic cigarette, and to develop interventions to prevent further increases in use.
Keywords : Adolescents; Smoking; Electronic cigarette; Smoking cessation trial