The Use of Heated Tobacco Products is Associated with Asthma, Allergic Rhinitis, and Atopic Dermatitis in Korean Adolescents

Sci Rep. 2019 Nov 27;9(1):17699. doi: 10.1038/s41598-019-54102-4.


The increasing use of new and emerging tobacco products has raised public health concern worldwide. This study aimed to assess the association between tobacco product use and the risk of allergic diseases. We used cross-sectional data of 58,336 students aged 12-18 years from the 2018 Korea Youth Risk Behavior Survey. This study considered three tobacco products, namely cigarettes, electronic cigarettes (e-cigarettes), and heated tobacco products. Descriptive analyses, as well as simple and multinomial logistic regression analyses with a complex sampling design, were performed. Multiple tobacco use had an association with the risk of each allergic disease. Use of each tobacco product was significantly associated with an increased risk of multi-morbidity of asthma, allergic rhinitis, and atopic dermatitis. Furthermore, lifetime use of each tobacco product was associated with the prevalence of atopic dermatitis. This highlights the importance of paying close attention to smoking by adolescents and its association with allergy epidemics. Future research should consider intensity of smoking and/or severity of allergic symptoms.

MeSH terms

  • Adolescent
  • Asthma / epidemiology*
  • Asthma / etiology*
  • Child
  • Cigarette Smoking / adverse effects*
  • Cross-Sectional Studies
  • Dermatitis, Atopic / epidemiology*
  • Dermatitis, Atopic / etiology*
  • Electronic Nicotine Delivery Systems
  • Female
  • Humans
  • Male
  • Prevalence
  • Republic of Korea / epidemiology
  • Rhinitis, Allergic / epidemiology*
  • Rhinitis, Allergic / etiology*
  • Risk Factors
  • Students
  • Surveys and Questionnaires
  • Tobacco Products / adverse effects*
  • Vaping / adverse effects*