Use and Beliefs about E-cigarette Among College Students in Jordan

Heba Khader

Abstract


Aims: The use of electronic cigarettes (e-cigs) is growing between young adults who are under impression that they are harmless and help quitting conventional tobacco smoking. However, studies on the use and beliefs about e-cigs among young adults in Jordan are limited. The aims of this study were to evaluate e-cigs use, awareness and beliefs among college students in Jordan.
Methods: This study was a cross-sectional study conducted in Jordan in 2017. Questionnaires were distributed randomly to college students in Hashemite University. Participants’ demographic data, their current and previous smoking habits and their awareness and beliefs about e-cigs were documented.
Results: In this study, 2.2% of the participants were current users of e-cigs and 6.2% were former users and 75.5% knew what e-cigarettes were. Regarding the participants beliefs about e-cigarettes, 33% believed that e-cigs do not cause addiction, 32.3% thought that they help quitting smoking and 62.5% thought that they are not as harmful as conventional tobacco smoking.
Conclusion: Although the awareness of e-cigs was high, college students’ knowledge about their addiction potential and harmful health effects was inaccurate. This necessitates programs to alert young adults about the hazards of e-cigs use, which could help in reducing the spread of this new nicotine delivery system.

Keywords


E-cigarettes, beliefs, Jordan, College students

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