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Int. J. Environ. Res. Public Health 2017, 14(7), 709; doi:10.3390/ijerph14070709

Public Support for Electronic Cigarette Regulation in Hong Kong: A Population-Based Cross-Sectional Study

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School of Nursing, The University of Hong Kong, Hong Kong, China
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School of Public Health, The University of Hong Kong, Hong Kong, China
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Department of Population Health, School of Medicine, New York University, New York, NY 10016, USA
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Hong Kong Council on Smoking and Health, Hong Kong, China
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Received: 15 May 2017 / Revised: 27 June 2017 / Accepted: 28 June 2017 / Published: 30 June 2017
(This article belongs to the Section Global Health)
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Abstract

This 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
Keywords: electronic nicotine delivery devices; public opinion; public policy; surveillance and monitoring; advocacy electronic nicotine delivery devices; public opinion; public policy; surveillance and monitoring; advocacy
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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.

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