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

Sherratt, FC, Marcus, MW, Robinson, J, Newson, LM and Field, JK (2015) Electronic cigarette use and risk perception in a Stop Smoking Service in England. Addiction Research and Theory, 23 (4). pp. 336-342. ISSN 1606-6359

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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 (N¼319) 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 (p¼0.008). 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
Additional Information: “This is an Accepted Manuscript of an article published by Taylor & Francis in Addiction Research and Theory on 15th August 2015, available online: http://www.tandfonline.com/10.3109/16066359.2015.1006629
Uncontrolled Keywords: 1117 Public Health And Health Services, 1701 Psychology
Subjects: B Philosophy. Psychology. Religion > BF Psychology
R Medicine > RA Public aspects of medicine > RA0421 Public health. Hygiene. Preventive Medicine
Divisions: Natural Sciences & Psychology (closed 31 Aug 19)
Publisher: Taylor and Francis
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Date Deposited: 23 Jan 2017 12:05
Last Modified: 23 May 2022 14:38
DOI or ID number: 10.3109/16066359.2015.1006629
URI: https://researchonline.ljmu.ac.uk/id/eprint/3533
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