Current pain severity and electronic cigarettes: an initial empirical investigation

Michael J. Zvolensky, Lorra Garey, Nubia A. Mayorga, Andrew H. Rogers, Michael F. Orr, Joseph W Ditre, Natalia Peraza

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Abstract

The present study examined past-month pain severity in relation to e-cigarette dependence, perceived barriers for quitting e-cigarettes, and beliefs about risks associated with using e-cigarettes. Participants were 322 e-cigarette users from the United States (60.2% female, Mage= 36.78 years, SD = 10.62). Results indicated that pain severity was significantly and positively related to e-cigarette dependence, perceived risks of e-cigarette use, and perceived barriers to quitting e-cigarettes. The observed effects were evident above and beyond the variance accounted for by sex, age, education, income, dual cigarette use, frequency of e-cigarette use, and perceived health status. The present study provides novel empirical evidence that pain experience is related to a moderate, yet clinically-meaningful, proportion of the variance in e-cigarette dependence, perceived barriers for quitting e-cigarettes, and beliefs about e-cigarette risks. These findings suggest there is merit to exploring the role of pan experience in the onset and maintenance of e-cigarette use.

Original languageEnglish (US)
JournalJournal of Behavioral Medicine
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StateAccepted/In press - Jan 1 2018

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Keywords

  • Beliefs
  • Dependence
  • Electronic cigarette
  • Pain
  • Pain severity
  • Tobacco

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Psychology(all)
  • Psychiatry and Mental health

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Current pain severity and electronic cigarettes : an initial empirical investigation. / Zvolensky, Michael J.; Garey, Lorra; Mayorga, Nubia A.; Rogers, Andrew H.; Orr, Michael F.; Ditre, Joseph W; Peraza, Natalia.

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Zvolensky, Michael J. ; Garey, Lorra ; Mayorga, Nubia A. ; Rogers, Andrew H. ; Orr, Michael F. ; Ditre, Joseph W ; Peraza, Natalia. / Current pain severity and electronic cigarettes : an initial empirical investigation. In: Journal of Behavioral Medicine. 2018.
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