Pain Interference Among Adult Dual Combustible and Electronic Tobacco Users in Terms of Perceived Barriers for Quitting

Lorra Garey, Tanya Smit, Andre Bizier, Brooke Y. Redmond, Joseph W. Ditre, Andrew H. Rogers, Jafar Bakhshaie, Pamella Nizio, Michael J. Zvolensky

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Abstract

Electronic cigarette (e-cigarette) use has become increasingly common among combustible cigarette users, and dual use may represent a more severe type of nicotine addiction. Experiencing pain is one prevalent domain that may be important to understand quit processes and behavior among dual users. Although most past research on pain and nicotine/tobacco has focused on combustible cigarette use, initial work on e-cigarette users has found that greater pain severity is associated with higher levels of dependence and negative thinking patterns about e-cigarette use. Yet, there has been no effort to explore the experience of pain among dual users in terms of perceived barriers for quitting combustibles or e-cigarettes. The present study sought to examine pain interference among dual combustible and e-cigarette users in terms of perceived barriers for quitting among 138 (45.9% female; Mage = 35.96 years, SD = 7.16) adult dual users (i.e., users of both combustible cigarette and e-cigarettes). Hierarchical linear regression models indicated that pain interference was significantly associated with both perceived barriers for cessation of combustible cigarettes and perceived barriers for cessation of e-cigarettes. Overall, the present investigation served as an initial evaluation of the role of pain interference in terms of perceived barriers for quitting combustible and e-cigarettes among adult daily dual users.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)45-53
Number of pages9
JournalExperimental and Clinical Psychopharmacology
Volume32
Issue number1
DOIs
StatePublished - May 11 2023

Keywords

  • barriers for cessation
  • cigarettes
  • dual users
  • pain interference
  • tobacco

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Pharmacology
  • Psychiatry and Mental health
  • Pharmacology (medical)

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