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Vape shop retailers’ perception and behavior of electronic nicotine delivery systems use at the Kuantan District: a preliminary report

Yaacob, Munirah and Muhammad Ali, Suhaila and Abllah, Zurainie (2022) Vape shop retailers’ perception and behavior of electronic nicotine delivery systems use at the Kuantan District: a preliminary report. In: The 3rd International Conference on Medical Science and Technology, Online. (Unpublished)

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Background/ Aims: The opening of new vape shops has sprouted tremendously with the growing popularity of electronic nicotine delivery systems (END). Shop retailers become an essential source of information, advice, and influence for consumers on their vaping habits however the research on vape shop retailers is lagging despite the popularity of END. The survey aimed to assess the retailers’ knowledge and behavior of END usage. Methodology: The questionnaire was adapted from two previously published research on vape. The surveys were conducted among 30 retailers at 17 vape shops in the Kuantan district using the convenient sampling method. The sampling method were used because the data on vape shop not available for Kuantan district and for ease of pre-liminary data collection. The data were analyzed using the SPSS software version 25.0 and presented as descriptive statistics. Results: Most of the retailers are young adults (80%), of Malay race (93.3%), literate from secondary school and college (46.7%), and work as a salesman (56.7%) at the vape shop. Most retailers perceived END as safer than a combustible cigarette (88%), the END could help in quitting combustible cigarettes (83.3%), and they had successfully ceased smoking after shifting to vaping (83.3%). The retailers’ believed END is, on average, safer than products (eg, nicotine patch, gum, and inhaler). Likewise, they perceived it as having less harmful effects on general, lung, and oral health as compared to combustible cigarettes. Conclusion: Generally, vape retailers perceived END as a safe product to substitute for the more harmful combustible cigarette. They were unaware of the compelling scientific literature that distinguishes between the harms and benefits of END. Hence, educating vape shop retailers on the benefits and harms of e-cigarettes is also an important part of the smoking education campaign.

Item Type: Conference or Workshop Item (Poster)
Uncontrolled Keywords: vape shop retailers; perception; behavior; knowledge; electronic nicotine delivery systems
Subjects: R Medicine > RK Dentistry > RK318 Oral and Dental Medicine. Pathology. Diseases-Therapeutics-General Works
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Depositing User: Dr Munirah Yaacob
Date Deposited: 12 Jan 2023 15:00
Last Modified: 12 Jan 2023 15:00
URI: http://irep.iium.edu.my/id/eprint/102750

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