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Assessment of attitudes, knowledge and current practices related to electronic cigarettes among healthcare professionals working in the field of preventive healthcare and smoking cessation in Slovenia

23. 03. 2020

Electronic cigarettes (EC) are relatively new products, intended for nicotine delivery to users, that have an important impact on the landscape of tobacco use, tobacco control and nicotine dependence. Healthcare professionals and providers of smoking cessation interventions are a credible and trustworthy source of health information, including risks related to smoking, smoking cessation and also EC. Studies from abroad show that a significant share of healthcare professionals receive queries about EC from their patients and have to counsel on different aspects of EC.

Scientific monograph presents attitudes, beliefs, knowledge, practices and counselling regarding EC among healthcare professionals working in the field of preventive healthcare and smoking cessation in Slovenia. It is based on the first study of this kind in Slovenia, performed in 2018/19. The study shows that respondents rarely check EC among their patients. Around a third of respondents received queries on EC from their patients and the most frequent topics were EC safety/harmfulness, effectiveness in smoking cessation and aerosol content. Substantial shares of respondents expressed concerns about EC, the major concern pointed out being the lack of evidence regarding the long-term safety of EC. Current knowledge of respondents on EC was limited and major sources of information on EC were dependent (those with conflict of interest).

The results of this study were be the basis for preparation of educational materials and activities for healthcare professionals and for recommendations of further activities regarding this topic.

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