High Prevalence of Tobacco Product and E-Cigarette Use among Electronic Dance Music Party Attendees

Omar El Shahawy, Scott E. Sherman, Joseph J. Palamar

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Abstract

Background: Electronic dance music (EDM) party attendees are at high risk for use of various illegal drugs; however, little is known about their tobacco use. Understanding tobacco use patterns in this population at high risk for illegal drug use can inform multi-product interventions. Objectives: 954 EDM party attendees (ages 18–40) were surveyed in New York City in 2017. We estimated prevalence of use of cigarettes, hookah, cigars, other tobacco, and e-cigarettes and delineated correlates of current (past-month) use using bivariable and multivariable models. Results: Past-month use of cigarettes (36.2%), e-cigarettes (15.6%), cigars (12.5%), and hookah (11.7%) in particular was prevalent. In multivariable models, females were less likely to use e-cigarettes than males (adjusted prevalence ratio [aPR] = 0.63, p =.030), and those who attended graduate school were less likely to use cigarettes (aPR = 0.55, p =.003) and/or e-cigarettes (aPR = 0.33, p =.026). Past-year ecstasy/MDMA/Molly use was a risk factor for past-month use of cigarettes (aPR = 1.38, p =.013) and/or cigars (aPR = 1.61, p =.032), and past-year cocaine use was a risk factor for past-month use of cigarettes (aPR = 1.80, p <.001), cigars (aPR = 1.80, p =.013), other tobacco products (aPR = 3.05, p =.003), and/or e-cigarettes (aPR = 2.39, p =.003). 55.4% of ecstasy users and 60.3% of cocaine users were current cigarette smokers, but use of other products among users of these drugs was less prevalent (9.8–27.9%). Conclusions: Results suggest that current tobacco use is prevalent in this population who is also at high risk for use of drugs such as ecstasy and cocaine. Prevention and cessation efforts need to target tobacco users in this scene while incorporating components addressing illegal drug use.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)1561-1566
Number of pages6
JournalSubstance Use and Misuse
Volume55
Issue number10
DOIs
StatePublished - Jul 1 2020

Keywords

  • Cigarettes
  • e-cigarettes
  • electronic dance music
  • hookah
  • nightlife

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Medicine (miscellaneous)
  • Health(social science)
  • Public Health, Environmental and Occupational Health
  • Psychiatry and Mental health

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