Assessment of knowledge of use of electronic cigarette and its harmful effects among young adults

Gupta, Vidushi and Sharma, Madhu and *, Srikant N and Manaktala, Nidhi (2020) Assessment of knowledge of use of electronic cigarette and its harmful effects among young adults. Open Medicine, 15 (1). pp. 796-804. ISSN 23915463

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Abstract

Background ‒ The practice of young adults smoking e-cigarette may have been adopted as a way of smoking cessation or just to follow a trend. Most people still remain unaware of the detrimental effects of e-cigarette. This study was carried out to assess the prevalence of the habit of smoking e-cigarette and the awareness of its harmful effects among adults aged 18–23 years. Methods ‒ A questionnaire adopted from a study conducted in Italy was used in the study following due permission. After taking their consent, participants were requested to fill the survey irrespective of their smoking status. Results ‒ In total the study comprised 710 participants aged 20.7 ± 1.7 years (females = 412 and males = 298) from six countries. Most respondents were from India followed by the USA and then the UK. The most common mode of information for the participants on the existence of e-cigarette was from the family members, friends followed by Internet search engines and TV/newspaper advertisements. Among the participants, e-cigarette had a prevalence of 5.63%. Among these, 26 participants were using e-cigarette for less than 1 year and 2 participants for more than 5 years. E-cigarette smokers also experienced sore throat, cough, headache, dizziness and sleeplessness

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: vaping, electronic nicotine delivery system, e-cigarette, harmful effects young adults
Subjects: Dentistry > MCODS Mangalore > Oral Pathology
Depositing User: KMCMLR User
Date Deposited: 30 Dec 2020 03:56
Last Modified: 30 Dec 2020 03:56
URI: http://eprints.manipal.edu/id/eprint/156124

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