Electronic cigarette use and risk perception in a Stop Smoking Service in England

Sherratt, Frances C ORCID: 0000-0003-4147-9305, Marcus, Michael W, Robinson, Jude ORCID: 0000-0001-5491-4893, Newson, Lisa and Field, John K ORCID: 0000-0003-3951-6365
(2015) Electronic cigarette use and risk perception in a Stop Smoking Service in England. ADDICTION RESEARCH & THEORY, 23 (4). pp. 336-342.

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Introduction: Electronic cigarette (e-cigarette) use rose substantially within the UK in recent years but currently, Stop Smoking Services in England do not prescribe them due to a lack of regulation. Previous research has examined e-cigarette use and attitudes within English Stop Smoking Services using samples of practitioners and managers; the current study recruited a sample of service users. Methods: Participants (N=319) aged 18-60 years old were recruited from Roy Castle FagEnds, Liverpool, England (Stop Smoking Service). A cross-sectional questionnaire was completed, which recorded demographic variables, e-cigarette use alongside risk perception, and lastly, smoking behaviour i.e. smoking duration, cigarettes per day, and nicotine dependence. Results: Most participants were female (57.1%), current smokers (53.0%), and current or former e-cigarette users (51.7%). Participants who perceived e-cigarettes as less harmful than smoked tobacco were more likely to have smoked fewer cigarettes per day (p=0.008). Furthermore, those who felt uncertain whether e-cigarettes were safer than smoked tobacco, were less likely to have tried them (p50.001). Conclusion: This study suggests that e-cigarette use is becoming common among users of Stop Smoking Services (despite e-cigarettes being unavailable from such services) and that e-cigarette risk perception is related to e-cigarette status. The results highlight the importance of providing smokers intending to quit smoking with current and accurate e-cigarette information. Findings may inform future Stop Smoking Services provision and the results demonstrate that further research is warranted.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: E-cigarettes, electronic cigarettes, health services, risk perception, smoking, smoking cessation
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Depositing User: Symplectic Admin
Date Deposited: 11 Nov 2015 09:24
Last Modified: 15 Dec 2022 15:40
DOI: 10.3109/16066359.2015.1006629
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URI: https://livrepository.liverpool.ac.uk/id/eprint/2036380

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