|Titre :||Patterns of electronic cigarette use and user beliefs about their safety and benefits: An Internet survey (2013)|
|Auteurs :||M. L. GONIEWICZ ; E. O. LINGAS ; P. HAJEK|
|Type de document :||Article : Périodique|
|Dans :||Drug and Alcohol Review (Vol.32, n°2, March 2013)|
|Article en page(s) :||133-140|
|Discipline :||EPI (Epidémiologie / Epidemiology)|
Thésaurus TOXIBASECIGARETTE ELECTRONIQUE ; ENQUETE ; INTERNET ; NICOTINE ; FUMER ; TYPE D'USAGE ; BENEFICE ; FACTEUR DE RISQUE
Introduction and Aims: As the popularity of electronic cigarettes (e-cigarettes) increases, it is becoming important to find out more about the characteristics of e-cigarette users, why and how they use the product and whether e-cigarettes are used exclusively or in combination with conventional cigarettes. The objective of this study was to investigate patterns and effects of e-cigarette use and user beliefs about e-cigarette safety and benefits.
Design and Methods: E-cigarette users in Poland were recruited online and asked to participate in a web-based survey. The participants provided information on their smoking history, patterns of e-cigarette use, beliefs and attitudes regarding the product and information on concurrent use of conventional cigarettes.
Results: The survey was completed by 179 e-cigarette users. Almost all participants used e-cigarettes daily. E-cigarettes were primarily used to quit smoking or to reduce the harm associated with smoking (both 41%), and were successful in helping the surveyed users to achieve these goals with 66% not smoking conventional cigarettes at all and 25% smoking under five cigarettes a day. Most participants (82%) did not think that e-cigarettes were completely safe, but thought that they were less dangerous than conventional cigarettes. Sixty percent believed that e-cigarettes were addictive, but less so than conventional cigarettes.
Discussion and Conclusions: The participants primarily used e-cigarettes as a stop-smoking aid or as an alternative to conventional cigarettes, and the majority reported that they successfully stopped smoking. More data on e-cigarette safety and its efficacy in harm-reduction and smoking cessation are needed.
|Domaine :||Tabac / Tobacco|
|Refs biblio. :||35|
|Affiliation :||UK Centre for Tobacco Control Studies, Tobacco Dependence Research Unit, Wolfson Institute of Preventive Medicine, Queen Mary University of London, London, UK|