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Title: Secondhand exposure to e-cigarette aerosols among smokers: A cross-sectional study in six European countries of the EUREST-PLUS ITC Survey
Author: Tigova, Olena
Amalia, Beladenta
Castellano, Yolanda
Fu, Marcela
Nogueira, Sarah O.
Kyriakos, Christina N.
Mons, Ute
Trofor, Antigona C.
Zatonski, Witold A.
Przewoźniak, Krzysztof
Demjén, Tibor
Fernández Muñoz, Esteve
Tountas, Yannis
Quah, Anne C.
Fong, Geoffrey T.
Vardavas, Constantine I.
EUREST-PLUS consortium
Keywords: Fumadors
Europa
Enquestes
Cigarette smokers
Europe
Surveys
Issue Date: 21-Oct-2018
Publisher: BioMed Central
Abstract: Introduction: Electronic cigarette (e-cigarette) use has grown significantly in some European Union (EU) Member States (MS). A better understanding of the exposure to secondhand e-cigarette aerosols (SHA) is necessary to develop and implement comprehensive regulations on e-cigarette use in public places. This study aims to assess the observation of e-cigarette use in public places, the self-reported exposure to SHA, and the level of users' comfort using e-cigarettes in the presence of others. Methods: This is a cross-sectional study of the Wave 1 International Tobacco Control 6 European Countries Survey recruiting adult smokers (n=6011) across six EU MS: Germany, Greece, Hungary, Poland, Romania, and Spain, within the EURESTPLUS Project. A descriptive analysis was conducted to estimate the prevalence (%) of observed e-cigarette use in different places, frequency of self-reported exposure to SHA, and level of comfort using e-cigarettes in the presence of others. Results: In all, 31.0% of smokers observed others using e-cigarette in public places, 19.7% in indoor places where smoking is banned, and 14.5% indoors at work. Almost 37% of smokers reported to be ever exposed to SHA, ranging from 17.7% in Spain to 63.3% in Greece. The higher prevalence of observed e-cigarette use and passive exposure to SHA was reported by smokers of younger age, of higher educational level and those being current or former e-cigarette users. Part (8.8%) of the smokers who were also e-cigarette users reported feeling uncomfortable using e-cigarettes in the presence of others. Conclusions: A third of smokers from six EU MS reported being exposed to SHA. Prevalence differences were observed among the countries. In the context of scarce evidence on long-term health effects of exposure to SHA, precautionary regulations protecting bystanders from involuntary exposure should be developed.
Note: Reproducció del document publicat a: https://doi.org/10.18332/tid/99117
It is part of: Tobacco Induced Diseases, 2018, vol. 16, num. Suppl 2, p. A11
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/2445/137299
Related resource: https://doi.org/10.18332/tid/99117
ISSN: 1617-9625
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