Public Support for Electronic Cigarette Regulation in Hong Kong: A Population-Based Cross-Sectional Study
AbstractThis study aimed to gauge the Hong Kong’s public support towards new e-cigarette regulation, and examine the associated factors of the support. We conducted a two-stage, randomized cross-sectional telephone-based survey to assess the public support towards the banning of e-cigarette promotion and advertisement, its use in smoke-free venues, the sale to people aged under 18, and regulating the sale of nicotine-free e-cigarettes. Adults (aged 15 years or above) who were never smoking (n = 1706), ex-smoking (n = 1712) or currently smoking (n = 1834) were included. Over half (57.8%) supported all the four regulations. Banning of e-cigarette promotion and advertisement (71.7%) received slightly less support than the other three regulations (banning of e-cigarette use in smoke-free venues (81.5%); banning of e-cigarette sale to minors (93.9%); sale restriction of nicotine-free e-cigarettes (80.9%)). Current smokers, and perceiving e-cigarettes as less harmful than traditional cigarettes or not knowing the harmfulness, were associated with a lower level of support. Our findings showed a strong public support for further regulation of e-cigarettes in Hong Kong. Current stringent measures on tobacco and e-cigarettes, and media reports on the harmfulness of e-cigarettes may underpin the strong support for the regulation. View Full-Text
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Cheung, Y.T.D.; Wang, M.P.; Ho, S.Y.; Jiang, N.; Kwong, A.; Lai, V.; Lam, T.H. Public Support for Electronic Cigarette Regulation in Hong Kong: A Population-Based Cross-Sectional Study. Int. J. Environ. Res. Public Health 2017, 14, 709.
Cheung YTD, Wang MP, Ho SY, Jiang N, Kwong A, Lai V, Lam TH. Public Support for Electronic Cigarette Regulation in Hong Kong: A Population-Based Cross-Sectional Study. International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health. 2017; 14(7):709.Chicago/Turabian Style
Cheung, Yee T.D.; Wang, Man P.; Ho, Sai Y.; Jiang, Nan; Kwong, Antonio; Lai, Vienna; Lam, Tai H. 2017. "Public Support for Electronic Cigarette Regulation in Hong Kong: A Population-Based Cross-Sectional Study." Int. J. Environ. Res. Public Health 14, no. 7: 709.
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