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Harm Reduction Journal

, 10:30

First Online: 18 November 2013Received: 23 January 2013Accepted: 16 November 2013

Abstract

BackgroundAlternative cigarette-like nicotine delivery systems have been met with diverse opinions. One concern has been for the effect on children. We investigate whether children can differentiate tobacco cigarette smoking from use of a nicotine inhaler and electronic cigarette. Their opinions on these devices was also of interest.

MethodsTwo structured focus groups and twelve individual interviews were conducted with twenty Māori and Pacific children 6–10 years old in low socioeconomic areas in Auckland, New Zealand. Children viewed short video clips on an iPad that demonstrated an actor smoking a tobacco cigarette, sucking a lollipop or using an electronic cigarette or a nicotine inhaler.

ResultsChildren did not recognise the inhaler or electronic cigarette. Some children did however notice anomalies in the ‘smoking’ behaviour. Once told about the products the children were mostly positive about the potential of the inhaler and electronic cigarette to assist smokers to quit. Negative perceptions were expressed, including views about the ill health effects associated with continued nicotine intake and the smoker’s inability to quit.

ConclusionsIn a context unfamiliar with electronic cigarettes or nicotine inhalers, such as New Zealand, children may misperceive use of these products as smoking. Once these products are more common and the purpose of them is known, seeing people use them should normalise quitting behaviour, something the children were very supportive of.

KeywordsSmoking Nicotine E-cigarette Children  Download fulltext PDF



Author: Julienne Faletau - Marewa Glover - Vili Nosa - Fiona Pienaar

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