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UNITED STATES: More and more Americans think e-cigarettes are harmful!

UNITED STATES: More and more Americans think e-cigarettes are harmful!

Suspicion, “epidemic” movement, while the safety of the e-cigarette raises more and more concerns in the United States, more and more American adults now think that vaping is as dangerous as smoking cigarettes.


According to an analysis of two surveys, between 2012 and 2017, the number of people who consider that e-cigarettes are less harmful than tobacco decreased considerably. In the first, the percentage fell by 16 points, from 51 to 35%. In the other, the difference was smaller but still significant, going from 39% to 34% over the period indicated.

These changes in attitude " could deter some adult smokers from switching to e-cigarettes“Said the principal investigator Jidong Huang. He is an associate professor of health policy and management at Georgia State University in Atlanta. The results of the study were published online in the JAMA Network Open.

Stanton Glantz, director of the Center for Tobacco Control Research and Education at the University of California at San Francisco, said public perception was moving in the right direction.

« The more we learn about e-cigarettes, the more dangerous they look“Said Glantz. He pointed out that research has linked vaping to an increased risk of heart attacks, strokes, respiratory illnesses and possibly cancer.

Stanton Glantz, who wrote the editorial that accompanied the study says he is less and less convinced that e-cigarettes are less risky.

« The fact that the public perceives that e-cigarettes are more dangerous over time is actually an accurate perception" , did he declare. " The idea that e-cigarettes are harmless is fading, which is a good thing. »


Jidong Huang's team found that over the period under study, the percentage of American adults who viewed e-cigarettes as harmful increased.

In 2012, 46% of respondents to national health trend surveys reported that e-cigarettes were as harmful as regular cigarettes. This number has been changed to 56% in 2017. During the same period, the number of people who considered e-cigarettes to be more harmful than regular cigarettes went from 3% to 10%.

The results were similar among participants in tobacco product surveys and risk perception. The percentage of people who consider e-cigarettes as bad as regular cigarettes has increased from 12% 2012 to 36% 2017.

But the researchers also found a concern. Although e-cigarettes have been around for over a decade, as of 2017, a quarter of American adults are unable to compare the effects of smoking and vape on health.

 » Our study results highlight the urgent need for accurate communication with scientific evidence on the health risks of e-cigarettes “Said Huang.


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