Is vaping less harmful than cigarettes? Fewer smokers think so
Other findings indicated no significant association between this belief and the use of e-cigarettes
The study aimed to find out whether changes in harm perceptions among tobacco smokers correlated with changes in the frequency of e-cigarette use in England.
The researchers surveyed 16,567 smokers aged 16 and above (the legal smoking age in the UK is 18) and found there was a decline in the number of tobacco smokers using e-cigarettes during this time period, from 19.1% to 15%.
The proportion of cigarette smokers remained stable throughout the study period.
The authors of the study, titled ‘Association between changes in harm perceptions and e-cigarette use among current tobacco smokers in England: a time series analysis’, stated that the findings may reflect smokers’ concerns about the long-term health effects of e-cigarettes, amplified by media reports focusing on the health risks of e-cigarettes or graphic depictions of e-cigarette explosions.
“Our results highlight the need for an increase in media portrayals and public health campaigns focusing on the reduced health harms by switching from combustible tobacco to e-cigarettes and a reduction in alarmist media coverage of events,” it said.
Meanwhile, other findings also showed that there was no significant association between this belief and the use of e-cigarettes between those aged 16 and 24, and in women.
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