Counselling about e-cigarettes from physicians and dentists: Results from a national survey
Design/Methods: Respondents were recruited from a nationally representative online panel in 2014. Adults who had tried e-cigarettes were asked if their doctor, dentist or child's doctor had discussed the potential harms/benefits of using e-cigarettes in the past 12 months.
Results: Of 2,699 eligible panelists contacted, 1,518 (56%) completed the survey. Of those, 187 (12.3%) had ever tried e-cigarettes in the past and were eligible for this portion of the study. Among those ever triers, 122 (66%) had seen a physician in the previous 12 months, 111 (60%) had seen a dentist, and 42 (22%) had seen their child's doctor. Nine out of 122 respondents (7.3%) reported that their doctor discussed the benefits of e-cigarettes, while 7 out of 121 (5.6%) reported the physician discussed the harms of e-cigarettes. Conversely 2 out of 42 respondents (5.5%) reported that their child’s physician discussed the benefits of e-cigarettes and 3 out of 41 respondents (7.4%) reported that their child’s physician discussed the harms of e-cigarettes. None of the 111 respondents reported that their dentist discussed the harms or benefits of e-cigarettes with them.
Conclusion: A very small number of physicians or dentists discuss the harms and benefits of e-cigarettes. This represents an opportunity to educate, train, and provide resources for physicians and dentists to discuss the effects of e-cigarettes with their patients.
Learning Areas:Implementation of health education strategies, interventions and programs
Provision of health care to the public
Describe the frequency of counseling about the harms and benefits of e-cigarettes by physicians and dentists
Keyword(s): Tobacco Control, Health Promotion and Education
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