Prevalence of E-Cigarette Use and Its Associated Factors Among Youths Aged 12 to 16 Years in 68 Countries and Territories: Global Youth Tobacco Survey, 2012–2019

In an article recently published within the American Journal of Public Health (AJPH) data was analyzed from 485, 746 youths aged 12 to 16 years from the population-based cross-sectional Global Youth Tobacco Survey conducted in 67 countries between 2012 and 2019 and the 2019 National Youth Tobacco Survey in the United States. The global prevalence of past-30-day e-cigarette use among youths was 9.2%, ranging from 1.9% in Kazakhstan to 33.2% in Guam. Maternal smoking, paternal smoking, secondhand smoke exposure, youth cigarette smoking, and youth other tobacco use were positively associated with e-cigarette use. E-cigarette use was moderately frequent among youths aged 12 to 16 years globally. Several important factors were associated with youth e-cigarette use. These findings highlight the need for countries worldwide to develop policies to address e-cigarette use among youths.

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