Korean J Health Promot.  2019 Dec;19(4):221-228. 10.15384/kjhp.2019.19.4.221.

Experience and Current Use of Heated Tobacco Products in Korean Military Personnel

  • 1Health Promotion Research Institute, Korea Association of Health Promotion, Seoul, Korea. cellonah@hanmail.net


Heat tobacco products (HTPs) are emerging in Korea. There are few studies that investigated the rates of HTPs use among military personnel in Korea. This study was performed to identify the prevalence of HTPs experience and use. Also this study aimed to evaluate the related factors of HTPs experience and use among military personnel in Korea.
The study subjects were 3,878 military personnel participated health survey for Korean soldiers from November to December in 2018. Binominal logistic regression analysis was performed to confirm the related factors of HTPs experience and use among military personnel in Korea.
The HTPs experience and current use rates of study subjects were 17.4% and 8.7%, respectively. And the HTPs experience and current use among military personnel was associated with college/university degree (adjusted odds ratio [aOR] 1.441, 1.377), lance-corporal (aOR 2.049, 5.636), superiors' smoking in military camp (aOR 1.516, 1.567), interest in health (aOR 1.637, 1.571), ever used smoking (aOR 2.817, 3.575), and ever used electronic cigarette (E-cigarette) (aOR 3.129, 1.587).
The HTPs experience and current use among military personnel are closely related to educational level, military level, smoking status of the superiors, interests in health, conventional cigarette smoking, and E-cigarette use.


Heated tobacco products; Electronic nicotine delivery systems; Smoking; Military personnel

MeSH Terms

Electronic Cigarettes
Health Surveys
Hot Temperature*
Logistic Models
Military Personnel*
Odds Ratio
Tobacco Products*


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