FRIDAY, March 29, 2019 (HealthDay Information) — Amid rising concern in regards to the security of e-cigarettes, extra American adults now imagine vaping is simply as harmful as smoking cigarettes.
Between 2012 and 2017, the quantity of people that thought-about e-cigarettes much less dangerous than tobacco cigarettes dropped considerably, based on an evaluation of two surveys.
In a single, the proportion fell 16 factors — from 51 to 35 p.c. Within the different, the distinction was smaller however nonetheless important, dropping from 39 p.c to 34 p.c over the interval.
These adjustments in angle, “might deter some grownup people who smoke from switching to e-cigarettes,” stated lead researcher Jidong Huang. He is affiliate professor of well being administration and coverage at Georgia State College in Atlanta.
The examine findings have been printed on-line March 29 in JAMA Community Open.
Stanton Glantz, director of the Middle for Tobacco Management Analysis and Schooling on the College of California, San Francisco, stated public notion is shifting in the proper route.
“The extra we study e-cigarettes, the extra harmful they give the impression of being,” Glantz stated. He famous that analysis has linked vaping with elevated danger for coronary heart assaults, strokes, respiratory illness and, probably, most cancers.
The assumption that e-cigarettes are safer is wanting much less true each day, stated Glantz, who wrote an editorial that accompanied the examine.
“The truth that the general public is perceiving that e-cigarettes are extra harmful over time is, in actual fact, an correct notion,” he stated. “The concept e-cigarettes are innocent is fading away, which is an efficient factor.”
Over the examine interval, the proportion of American adults who seen e-cigarettes as dangerous rose, Huang’s staff discovered.
In 2012, 46 p.c of respondents to the Well being Data Nationwide Developments Surveys stated e-cigarettes have been as dangerous as common cigarettes, and that quantity rose to 56 p.c in 2017. Over the identical interval, the quantity who thought-about e-cigarettes extra dangerous than common cigarettes jumped from three p.c to 10 p.c.
Outcomes have been comparable amongst members within the Tobacco Merchandise and Threat Perceptions Surveys. The share who thought-about e-cigarettes as dangerous as common cigarettes rose from 12 p.c in 2012 to 36 p.c in 2017, and people who thought-about them extra dangerous rose from 1 p.c to four p.c.