Fruit and menthol e-cigarette flavors drive use among teens, Indonesian study finds

April 29, 2024 by

Fruit and menthol e-cigarette flavors drive use among teens, Indonesian study finds

A study in BMC Public Health analyzed sensation-seeking behavior and e-cigarette use among Indonesian adolescents. E-cigarettes are increasingly popular, especially among youth, with Indonesia having high smoking rates. Flavored e-cigarettes are thought to attract young users and reduce harm perceptions. The study surveyed 1,799 respondents aged 15–24, finding males more likely to use e-cigarettes and dual users at 8.5%. Fruit, candy, and menthol were top flavors. Sensation-seeking correlated with e-cigarette use, and a ban on flavors could deter initiation. Different flavor preferences suggest varied appeal among users. The study recommends regulating e-cigarette flavors to curb usage.

32.60% of the adult population are current smokers. There are approximately 64.5 million current smokers in Indonesia 62.70% of men are current smokers but only 2.50% of women.



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