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Georgia State: Beliefs That E-Cigarettes Are As Or More Harmful Than Cigarettes Are Increasing Among Americans

An increasing number of American adults believe e-cigarettes are as or more harmful to health than cigarettes, according to a study by researchers at Georgia State University School of Public Health.

The study, published in JAMA Network Open, found the proportion of U.S. adults who perceived e-cigarettes to be more harmful than cigarettes more than tripled from 2012 to 2017. During the same period, the percentage of U.S. adults who perceived e-cigarettes to be equally as harmful as cigarettes also increased significantly.

The study authors analyzed self-reported perceived harm of e-cigarettes relative to cigarettes from 2012 to 2017 using two large national surveys: The Tobacco Products and Risk Perceptions Surveys and the Health Information National Trends Surveys. The researchers found that in 2017, more than 40 percent of American adults who participated in Tobacco Products and Risk Perceptions Surveys believed that e-cigarettes were as or more harmful than cigarettes. In the 2017 Health Information National Trends Surveys, more than 60 percent of respondents believed that e-cigarettes were as or more harmful than cigarettes.

Dr. Jidong Huang, lead author of the study and associate professor of health policy and behavioral sciences at the School of Public Health, said several reasons may explain the increase in adults’ perception that e-cigarettes are as harmful or more harmful than cigarettes.

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