Raising awareness is not overrated
Mary Abba 1  
 
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Medical University of Gdańsk, Gdańsk, Poland
Publication date: 2021-12-10
 
Tob. Prev. Cessation 2021;7(Supplement):52
 
ABSTRACT
Background:
E-cigarettes are commonly presented as socially acceptable, safer alternatives for smoking and devices for smoking cessation, however the long term effects of the products are still unknown. Several attempts at educating the public about the concerns of these devices have over the course of time been deemed futile and redundant.

Objectives:
This study examines the effectiveness of awareness programs in a small group of adolescent students.

Methods:
This study collected the response of a group of teenage students to information about the use of e-cigarettes. The students were given a two-part questionnaire and were required to fill before and after an 8 minute seminar on e-cigarettes.

Results:
Before the seminar, 15.38%, 57.69% and 26.9% chose open, not open and maybe (in openness to smoking)respectively, 38.46%, 34.6% and 26.9% chose safer, same and not safer respectively and 19.23% and 65.38% chose yes and no for cessation or not respectively. After the seminar, 7.69% and 92.3% chose open and close respectively and 7.69% and 92.3% chose safer and not safer respectively. They all at each point had the option to include other answers.

Conclusions:
As predicted, there was higher percentage of students who believed e-cigarettes are safer alternatives. This drastically changed after the seminar and the change in interest in e-cigarettes post seminar is quite notable. The intentional small number of students in this survey emphasizes the need for continuous awareness programs especially for such young age groups.

CONFLICTS OF INTEREST
No Conflicts of Interest were reported.
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