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Analysis of the Factors Affecting the Support to Regulating Heated Tobacco Devices among South Korean Adults
J Korean Soc Res Nicotine Tob 2021; 12(2): 64-73
Published online December 15, 2021
© 2021 The Korean Society for Research on Nicotine and Tobacco.

Ji-Eun Choi, Hong-Jun Cho*

Department of Family Medicine, Asan Medical Center, University of Ulsan College of Medicine, Seoul, Korea
Correspondence to: 議고솉以
슱궛븰援 쓽怨쇰븰 꽌슱븘궛蹂묒썝 媛젙쓽븰怨
Received August 13, 2021; Revised October 14, 2021; Accepted October 14, 2021.
This is an Open-Access article distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution Non-Commercial License ( which permits unrestricted non-commercial use, dis-tribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited.
Background: Heated tobacco products (HTPs) are gaining popularity in South Korea. This study analyzed the support for HTP devices regulation and factors associated with it.
Methods: This study included 7,000 South Korean adults (2,300 men and 4,700 women). Multivariate logistic regression analysis was performed, which was adjusted for age, sex, education level, marital status, income level, status of tobacco products, the belief of the relative harmfulness of HTP use compared with combustible cigarettes (CCs), and knowledge on HTP regulation.
Results: Of 7,000 participants, 6,198 (88.5%) agreed to regulate HTP devices. Support for HTP devices was significantly higher among participants aged 50-69 years (odds ratio [OR], 1.40; 95% confidence interval [CI], 1.12-1.75) than among those of other age groups; among women (OR, 1.61; 95% CI, 1.35-1.92) than among men; among those with a 4-year college degree or higher (OR, 1.44; 95% CI, 1.23-1.68) than among those with lower degrees; among former tobacco product users (OR, 8.74; 95% CI, 5.23-14.60) than among non-users of tobacco products; among respondents who believed that HTPs were more harmful than CCs (OR, 2.11; 95% CI, 1.55-2.86) than among those who believed otherwise; and among respondents with knowledge on HTP regulation (OR, 3.49; 95% CI, 2.67-4.56) than among those with no knowledge on the same.
Conclusion: Support for HTP devices regulation among South Korean adults was strong. This would help introduce regulation of HTP devices in the future.
Keywords : Government regulation; Heat-not-burn tobacco; Public policy; Republic of Korea; Smoking devices; Tobacco products
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