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Views from the Coalface: What Do English Stop Smoking Service Personnel Think about E-Cigarettes?

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Department of Health, University of Bath, Bath BA2 7AY, UK
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UK Centre for Tobacco and Alcohol Studies (UKCTAS), Nottingham NG5 1PB, UK
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School of Health Sciences, University of Stirling, Stirling FK9 4LA, UK
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Action on Smoking and Health (ASH), Suites 59–63, 6th Floor, New House, 67–68 Hatton Garden, London EC1N 8JY, UK
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Public Health England, Skipton House, 80 London Road, London, SE1 6LH, UK
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Stop Smoking Service Leicester City Council, Leicester LE1 6TH, UK
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National Centre for Smoking Cessation and Training (NCSCT), 1-6 Yarmouth Place, LondonW1J 7BU, UK
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These authors contributed equally to this work.
Academic Editors: Coral Gartner and Britta Wigginton
Int. J. Environ. Res. Public Health 2015, 12(12), 16157-16167; https://doi.org/10.3390/ijerph121215048
Received: 23 October 2015 / Revised: 25 November 2015 / Accepted: 11 December 2015 / Published: 21 December 2015
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Tobacco Control 2015)
The UK Stop Smoking Services (SSS) are a source of information and advice on e-cigarettes for smokers and thus it is important to understand the knowledge of, and attitudes towards, e-cigarettes held by stop smoking practitioners. The datasets were English SSS quarterly monitoring returns (n = 207,883) and an online survey of English SSS practitioners, managers, and commissioners between 26th November and 15th December 2014 (n = 1801). SSS monitoring data suggested 2% of clients were using e-cigarettes to quit with SSS and that clients using e-cigarettes had similar quit rates to clients using Varenicline. Most SSS personnel are waiting for licenced e-cigarettes to become available before they will recommend them to clients. However, less than a quarter view e-cigarettes as “a good thing”. Managers and commissioners were more positive than practitioners. SSS personnel working for the NHS (hospitals and GP surgeries) were less positive about e-cigarettes than those employed elsewhere. E-cigarettes were cited as the most important reason for the recent decline in service footfall. Thus dissemination of information about e-cigarettes needs to be examined and services should address their stance on e-cigarettes with some urgency. View Full-Text
Keywords: e-cigarettes; stop smoking services; cessation; harm reduction e-cigarettes; stop smoking services; cessation; harm reduction
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Hiscock, R.; Bauld, L.; Arnott, D.; Dockrell, M.; Ross, L.; McEwen, A. Views from the Coalface: What Do English Stop Smoking Service Personnel Think about E-Cigarettes? Int. J. Environ. Res. Public Health 2015, 12, 16157-16167.

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