Concienciación sobre el cigarrillo electrónico, uso, y percepción de sus efectos dañinos en Brasil: Resultados de un país que cuenta con estrictos requisitos normativos

Translated title of the contribution: Electronic cigarette awareness, use, and perception of harmfulness in Brazil: Findings from a country that has strict regulatory requirements

Tânia Maria Cavalcante, André Salem Szklo, Cristina de Abreu Perez, James F. Thrasher, Moyses Szklo, Janine Ouimet, Shannon Gravely, Geoffrey T. Fong, Liz Maria de Almeida

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Abstract

Given the uncertainties regarding electronic cigarettes’ (e-cigs) impact on health, in 2009 Brazil prohibited sales, importation or advertisements of these products until manufacturers are able to show they are safe and/or effective in smoking cessation. This study sought to analyze: (1) awareness of (e-cigs), ever-use and recent use; (2) perception of harmfulness of electronic cigarettes when compared with conventional cigarettes; and (3) correlates of awareness and perception of harmfulness. This is a cross-sectional study among Brazilian smokers (≥ 18 years) using the Wave 2 replenishment sample of the Brazilian International Tobacco Control Policy Evaluation Survey. Participants were recruited in three cities through a random-digit dialing sampling frame between October 2012 and February 2012. Among the 721 respondents, 37.4% (n = 249) of current smokers were aware of (e-cigs), 9.3% (n = 48) reported having ever tried or used (e-cigs) and 4.6% (n = 24) reported having used them in the previous six months. Among those who were aware of (e-cigs), 44.4% (n = 103) believed they were less harmful than regular cigarettes (low perception of harmfulness). “Low perception of harmfulness” was associated with a higher educational level and with having recently tried/used (e-cigs). Despite restrictions to (e-cigs) in Brazil, 4.6% of sample smokers reported having recently used them. Health surveillance programs in Brazil and other countries should include questions on use and perceptions of (e-cigs) considering their respective regulatory environments.

Translated title of the contributionElectronic cigarette awareness, use, and perception of harmfulness in Brazil: Findings from a country that has strict regulatory requirements
Original languageSpanish
Article numbere00074416
Pages (from-to)1-11
Number of pages11
JournalCadernos de Saude Publica
Volume33
DOIs
StatePublished - 2017

Keywords

  • Electronic Cigarettes
  • Nicotine
  • Tobacco Products

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Public Health, Environmental and Occupational Health

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