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Perception of harms and benefits of electronic cigarettes among adult Malaysian men: a comparison by electronic cigarette use and smoking status

Chan, Caryn Mei Hsien and Ab Rahman, Jamalludin and Tee, Guat Hiong and Wee, Lei Hum and Ho, Bee Kiau and Md Haris Robson, Noor Zurani and Draman, Samsul and Miaw, Jane Yn Ling and Lim, Kuang Hock and Mohd Yusoff, Muhammad Fadhli and Kartiwi, Mira and Ab Rahman, Norny Syafinaz and Nik Mohamed, Mohamad Haniki (2019) Perception of harms and benefits of electronic cigarettes among adult Malaysian men: a comparison by electronic cigarette use and smoking status. Asia Pacific Journal of Public Health, 31 (7 (suppl)). 32S-43S. ISSN 1010-5395 E-ISSN 1941-2479

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Abstract

Little is known about the perceptions of harm and benefit associated with the use of e-cigarettes in Malaysia. This was a cross-sectional analysis of a nationally representative sample comprising 1987 males (≥18 years of age). Current, former, and never users of conventional cigarettes and/or e-cigarettes participated in a questionnaire study conducted via face-to-face interviews. The relationship between participant characteristics and perceptions of harm and benefit of e-cigarettes were determined with multivariable logistic regression. There were 950 current, 377 former, and 660 never users of e-cigarettes. Government employees (odds ratio [OR] = 1.85, 95% confidence interval [CI] = 1.29-2.66, P = .001), private sector employees (OR = 1.67, 95% CI = 1.27-2.18, P = .001), and the self-employed people (OR = 1.68, 95% CI = 1.312.17, P = .001) were more likely to perceive e-cigarettes as more harmful than conventional cigarettes compared with respondents who were not wage earners. All current users in the form of e-cigarette users (OR = 7.87, 95% CI = 3.23-19.18), conventional cigarette smokers (OR = 1.80, 95% CI = 1.39-2.33), and dual users (OR = 8.59, 95% CI = 4.76-15.52) were more likely to perceive e-cigarettes as useful in quitting conventional cigarette smoking compared with former and never users. Our findings constitute an important snapshot into the perceptions of e-cigarette harms and benefits, which could inform targeted public health messaging strategies.

Item Type: Article (Journal)
Additional Information: 3297/77884
Uncontrolled Keywords: smoking, tobacco, drug abuse, public health, electronic cigarettes, risk perception, smoking cessation, health communication, heath promotion
Subjects: R Medicine > RA Public aspects of medicine > RA0421 Public health. Hygiene. Preventive Medicine
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Depositing User: nur hakimah a manan
Date Deposited: 09 Jan 2020 14:48
Last Modified: 09 Jan 2020 14:48
URI: http://irep.iium.edu.my/id/eprint/77884

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