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Electronic cigarette and conventional cigarette smoking among Australian women


The dramatic physical, psychological and emotional changes that occur during late adolescence predisposes young people to problematic substance use. Tobacco smoking is a leading risk factor for many of chronic diseases that include cancer, cardiovascular disease, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease and many others. Although smoking rates have declined globally over time, as of 2015 the annual global tobacco-related death rate is as high as 6 million. Australia is one of the countries on track in decreasing the prevalence of tobacco smoking over time. However, given population growth, the burden of disease associated with smoking is still high. The current study intends to examine electronic cigarette use and cigarette smoking using data collected from the 1989-95 cohort of the Australian Longitudinal Study on Women’s Health (ALSWH).