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How young people in Aotearoa perceive vaping and the associated oral health risks.
N Z Med J. 2023 Sep 15; 136(1582):28-42.NZ

Abstract

AIMS

The use of electronic cigarettes (EC) among young people has escalated in Aotearoa and in other jurisdictions where they are available commercially. The rise in vaping among young people for lifestyle reasons rather than for smoking cessation is of concern, given the growing evidence of the harmful effects of vaping. Specifically, there is little known about how young people in Aotearoa perceive the effect of vaping on their oral health. This study aims to explore how young people in Aotearoa perceive risks of vaping on oral health.

METHODS

A cross-sectional online survey (n=237) was conducted to explore young people's (16-24 years) perceptions, current practices and attitudes regarding vaping and oral health.

RESULTS

Although most participants understood that vaping posed risks to their general health, they reported lower levels of perceived risk of vaping on oral health. Current vapers held significantly lower perceptions of both the addictiveness and harms associated with vaping. Participants reported that oral health professionals seldom asked them about their vaping status. Most participants were open to discussing with oral health professionals the effects of vaping on their oral health, suggesting that they would be less likely to vape if they knew it was bad for their oral health.

CONCLUSIONS

The findings indicate that there is a need for improved information for young people communicating the potential oral health risks of vaping and that oral health professionals are a way to disseminate this information.

Authors+Show Affiliations

Master's Student and Oral Health Therapist, School of Population Health, The University of Auckland, Auckland, Aotearoa.Health Psychologist and Senior Research Fellow, School of Population Health, The University of Auckland, Auckland, Aotearoa; i3 Institute for Innovation + Improvement, Te Whatu Ora - Waitematā, Auckland, Aotearoa.Associate Professor, School of Population Health, The University of Auckland, Auckland, Aotearoa.

Pub Type(s)

Journal Article

Language

eng

PubMed ID

37708484

Citation

Hang, Hillary, et al. "How Young People in Aotearoa Perceive Vaping and the Associated Oral Health Risks." The New Zealand Medical Journal, vol. 136, no. 1582, 2023, pp. 28-42.
Hang H, Dobson R, McCool J. How young people in Aotearoa perceive vaping and the associated oral health risks. N Z Med J. 2023;136(1582):28-42.
Hang, H., Dobson, R., & McCool, J. (2023). How young people in Aotearoa perceive vaping and the associated oral health risks. The New Zealand Medical Journal, 136(1582), 28-42.
Hang H, Dobson R, McCool J. How Young People in Aotearoa Perceive Vaping and the Associated Oral Health Risks. N Z Med J. 2023 Sep 15;136(1582):28-42. PubMed PMID: 37708484.
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TY - JOUR T1 - How young people in Aotearoa perceive vaping and the associated oral health risks. AU - Hang,Hillary, AU - Dobson,Rosie, AU - McCool,Judith, Y1 - 2023/09/15/ PY - 2023/9/18/medline PY - 2023/9/14/pubmed PY - 2023/9/14/entrez SP - 28 EP - 42 JF - The New Zealand medical journal JO - N Z Med J VL - 136 IS - 1582 N2 - AIMS: The use of electronic cigarettes (EC) among young people has escalated in Aotearoa and in other jurisdictions where they are available commercially. The rise in vaping among young people for lifestyle reasons rather than for smoking cessation is of concern, given the growing evidence of the harmful effects of vaping. Specifically, there is little known about how young people in Aotearoa perceive the effect of vaping on their oral health. This study aims to explore how young people in Aotearoa perceive risks of vaping on oral health. METHODS: A cross-sectional online survey (n=237) was conducted to explore young people's (16-24 years) perceptions, current practices and attitudes regarding vaping and oral health. RESULTS: Although most participants understood that vaping posed risks to their general health, they reported lower levels of perceived risk of vaping on oral health. Current vapers held significantly lower perceptions of both the addictiveness and harms associated with vaping. Participants reported that oral health professionals seldom asked them about their vaping status. Most participants were open to discussing with oral health professionals the effects of vaping on their oral health, suggesting that they would be less likely to vape if they knew it was bad for their oral health. CONCLUSIONS: The findings indicate that there is a need for improved information for young people communicating the potential oral health risks of vaping and that oral health professionals are a way to disseminate this information. SN - 1175-8716 UR - https://www.unboundmedicine.com/medline/citation/37708484/How_young_people_in_Aotearoa_perceive_vaping_and_the_associated_oral_health_risks_ DB - PRIME DP - Unbound Medicine ER -