TUESDAY, May 13, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- People with mental
health disorders are more likely to use electronic cigarettes, a
new study finds.
People with depression, anxiety and other mental health
conditions were two times more likely to have tried e-cigarettes,
according to the study. They were also three times more likely to
be current users of e-cigarettes than people without mental health
E-cigarette users with mental health disorders tend to use the
electronically powered nicotine delivery devices for the same
reasons as other smokers -- to try to quit smoking.
People with psychiatric disorders consume approximately 30
percent to 50 percent of all cigarettes sold annually in the United
States, the researchers noted.
"People with mental health conditions have largely been forgotten in the war on smoking," study author Sharon Cummins, an assistant professor in the department of family and preventive medicine at the University of California, San Diego School of Medicine, said in a university news release.
"But because they are high consumers of cigarettes, they have the most to gain or lose from the e-cigarette phenomenon. Which way it goes will depend on what product regulations are put into effect and whether e-cigarettes ultimately prove to be useful in helping smokers quit," she added.
The researchers also found that smokers -- regardless of their
mental health status -- are the main users of e-cigarettes.
More than 10,000 Americans were surveyed by the study authors,
who found that nearly 28 percent of current smokers said they had
mental health conditions, compared with about 13 percent of
About 15 percent of people with mental health disorders had
tried e-cigarettes and about 3 percent were currently using them,
compared with 6.6 percent and about 1 percent, respectively, among
those without mental health conditions.
More than 60 percent of smokers with mental health disorders
said they were likely or very likely to try e-cigarettes in the
future, compared with about 45 percent of smokers without mental
health conditions, according to the findings published online May
13 in the journal
The researchers noted that e-cigarettes are controversial and
have not been proven to help people stop smoking tobacco
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