E-cigarettes as smoking cessation aids : a survey among practitioners in Italy

LAZURAS, Lambros, MUZI, Milena, GRANO, Caterina and LUCIDI, Fabio (2016). E-cigarettes as smoking cessation aids : a survey among practitioners in Italy. International Journal of Public Health, 61 (2), 243-248.

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Abstract

Objectives: To describe experiences with and beliefs about e-cigarettes as safe and useful aids for smoking cessation among healthcare professionals providing smoking cessation services. Methods: Using a cross-sectional design, anonymous structured questionnaires were completed by 179 healthcare professionals in public smoking cessation clinics across 20 regions in Italy. Results: Service providers reported that considerably more smokers made inquiries about e-cigarettes in 2014 than in 2013. The most frequent inquiries concerned the ingredients, safety and effectiveness of e-cigarettes as smoking cessation aids. Clients used e-cigarettes to quit smoking, cut down the number of conventional cigarettes smoked, have a safe alternative to smoking, and protect their health while continuing to smoke. More than 60 % of service providers reported favourable beliefs about the safety and effectiveness of e-cigarettes, and believed that e-cigarettes are as effective as other smoking cessation aids, including pharmacotherapy. Conclusions: Despite limited empirical evidence, service providers in Italy viewed e-cigarettes, as safe and effective smoking cessation aids. More concerted efforts are needed to improve knowledge about e-cigarettes among service providers, to guide their clinical practice and decision-making with respect to e-cigarettes.

Item Type: Article
Research Institute, Centre or Group: Psychology Research Group
Identification Number: 10.1007/s00038-015-0772-x
Depositing User: Margaret Boot
Date Deposited: 22 Aug 2016 08:53
Last Modified: 22 Aug 2016 08:53
URI: http://shura.shu.ac.uk/id/eprint/13253

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