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Perceived safety of nicotine and the use of nicotine replacement products among current smokers in Great Britain: Results from two national surveys

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Bobak, A and Shiffman, S and Gitchell, JG and Bery, J and Ferguson, SG, Perceived safety of nicotine and the use of nicotine replacement products among current smokers in Great Britain: Results from two national surveys, Journal of Smoking Cessation, 5, (2) pp. 115-122. ISSN 1834-2612 (2010) [Refereed Article]


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DOI: doi:10.1375/jsc.5.2.115

Abstract

The hypotheses that smokers hold misconceptions around nicotine replacement therapy (NRT) safety, and that these concerns limit the use of NRT, was tested with two large face-to-face surveys of current smokers in Great Britain in 2004 (N = 605) and 2006 (N = 1,434). In both studies, participants were questioned regarding the safety of nicotine and NRT products, their past experience with NRT and anticipated future use. Across both surveys, approximately two thirds of smokers believed that, or were unsure whether, NRT was as harmful as cigarette smoking. Combining information across surveys, smokers with safety misconceptions reported being less likely to want to quit in the future (63% vs. 73%; p < .001), and, among those who were interested in quitting, were less likely to report an intention to use NRT during their next quit attempt. The majority of smokers were misinformed about the safety of NRT products, and smokers with safety misconceptions were less likely to report that they plan to use NRT during future quit attempts, suggesting that safety concerns are a barrier to NRT utilisation.

Item Details

Item Type:Refereed Article
Research Division:Medical and Health Sciences
Research Group:Public Health and Health Services
Research Field:Health Promotion
Objective Division:Health
Objective Group:Health and Support Services
Objective Field:Evaluation of Health Outcomes
Author:Ferguson, SG (Associate Professor Stuart Ferguson)
ID Code:66479
Year Published:2010
Deposited By:Pharmacy
Deposited On:2011-01-28
Last Modified:2011-04-17
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