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Awareness of Electronic Cigarettes among the General Population and Medical Experts
Journal of the Korean Society for Research on Nicotine and Tobacco 2015; 6(2): 102-117
Published online July 15, 2015
© 2015 The Korean Society for Research on Nicotine and Tobacco.

Joo Youn Kim, Sung Woo Seo, Ji Eun Choi, Sungkyu Lee*

National Evidence-based Healthcare Collaborating Agency
Received June 5, 2015; Revised July 6, 2015; Accepted July 6, 2015.
 Abstract
Background: The purpose of this study was to investigate the awareness of the general population and medical experts, who have participated in smoking cessation clinics, regarding electronic cigarettes (e-cigarettes).
Methods: To achieve this research purpose, we developed two separate questionnaires for each target group and recruited 756 adults and 33 medical experts. The surveys were conducted through an internet survey.
Results: The current e-cigarette users among the general population believed that their reason of using e-cigarettes was to reduce daily smoking, however, we found that there was a possibility of being exposed to more nicotine because they were dual users who used both e-cigarettes and conventional cigarettes. Most e-cigarette users considered e-cigarettes as a smoking cessation aid, while almost all medical doctors believe that e-cigarettes were not a part of nicotine replacement therapy. There was a different awareness between the two groups about the health impacts of e-cigarettes. Almost all medical doctors answered that e-cigarettes were harmful, however, around half of e-cigarette users among the general population responded that it was harmless.
Conclusion: We believe that this gap was a result of insufficient information transfer, thus, it is recommended that scientific evidence regarding e-cigarettes should be transferred rapidly and effectively to the public.
Keywords : Electronic cigarette; Tobacco; Smoking; Smoking cessation
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