Adolescents and young adults’ perceptions of electronic cigarettes as a gateway to smoking: a qualitative study in Switzerland

TitreAdolescents and young adults’ perceptions of electronic cigarettes as a gateway to smoking: a qualitative study in Switzerland
Publication TypeJournal Article
Year of Publication2017
AuthorsAkré, C, Surís, J-C
JournalHealth Education Research
Volume32
Issue5
Pagination448-454
Date Published10/2017
URLhttps://academic.oup.com/her/article-lookup/doi/10.1093/her/cyx054http://academic.oup.com/her/article-pdf/doi/10.1093/her/cyx054/19399835/cyx054.pdf
DOI10.1093/her/cyx054
ISSN0268-1153
Accession NumberPMID:28931165
Mots-clésAdolescent, Electronic Nicotine Delivery Systems/methods, Female, Humans, Male, Perception, Public Health, Qualitative Research, Smoking/trends, Switzerland, Young Adult
Abstract

Electronic cigarettes (ECs) acting as a gateway to smoking traditional cigarettes (TCs) is a growing public health concern of EC use among youths. To gather the opinions and perceptions of adolescents and young adults (AYAs) on whether and how EC can act as a gateway to smoking TC among youths. A qualitative method included 42 AYAs. Participants identified a significant risk of EC acting as a gateway to TC use, several factors contributing to this phenomenon such as a facilitated transition to smoking or its perception as a harmless toy. Participants considered an even greater gateway threat regarding very young adolescents. A minority did not identify the gateway risk and some believed that it was nicotine-dependent. This potential gateway effect brought forth several recommendations: health professionals should screen adolescents (even very young ones) for EC use and inform consumers of the potential gateway effect; this possible effect should be acknowledged to end the harmless perception many might have; there is an urge for better preventive and regulatory policies directed at protecting adolescents and children who never smoked and support those who have quit.

First publication date (online)

02/2017

WOS ID (UT)

000412286900007

Citation Key / SERVAL ID8198
Peer reviewRefereed
                         

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