New HEAL Study: Environmental influences on E-cigarette use among young people: A systematic review

A teams of researchers led by Zoe Askwith with Josh Grignon, Mariam Ismail, Gina Martin, Louise McEachern, Jamie Seabrook, and Jason Gilliland recently published an article entitled: “Environmental influences on E-cigarette use among young people: A systematic review.”

E-cigarettes are a popular mode of delivery for nicotine, tobacco and cannabis. The prevalence of vaping among youth is increasing and this review aims to identify features of the neighbourhood environment, e.g., retailers, advertisements, and policies, that are associated with youth vaping.

The review included 48 studies. Of these, approximately 40% and 60% reported that presence of e-cigarette retailers, and advertisements, was associated with statistically higher odds of e-cigarette use in youth, respectively. Approximately 30% of studies reported that policies affecting e-cigarette availability were associated with statistically lower odds of vaping.

Identifying these influential features of the neighbourhood environment will help formulate appropriate policies to reduce e-cigarette use among youth.

Citation: Zoe Askwith, Josh Grignon, Mariam Ismail, Gina Martin, Louise McEachern, Jamie Seabrook, and Jason Gilliland. “Environmental influences on E-cigarette use among young people: A systematic review.” Health & Place; 2024. https://doi-org.proxy1.lib.uwo.ca/10.1016/j.healthplace.2024.103212

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