Han Joo Kim
Sang Hwa Shin
Eun Young Park
Min Kyung Lim
- Japan Epidemiological Association
- Journal of Epidemiology (ISSN:09175040)
- pp.JE20200213, (Released:2021-02-06)
Background: The popularity of heated tobacco products (HTPs) has been growing globally but, limited information exists on tobacco use behaviors and its impact on tobacco control. This study investigates awareness and perception of HTPs among tobacco users, and whether perceptions of HTPs are associated with HTP use and intention to quit.Methods: 2,000 tobacco users aged 19–65 years with countrywide representation were invited to an online survey in November 2018. Information on general characteristics, tobacco use behaviors, awareness and perception of HTPs, and intention to quit, were gathered. Multinomial logistic regression analysis and ANCOVA were used for estimation of association and comparison.Results: Among all tobacco users, 36.8% were classified as ever users, whereas 28.3% had used HTPs in the past 30 days, which was higher than expected. Users of liquid-based e-cigarettes (OR: 1.578; CI: 1.210–2.056) and poly product (OR: 2.029; CI: 1.121–3.671) showed higher intention to quit within 1 month when compared to users of conventional cigarettes (CCs), whereas HTP users and dual product users did not. HTP users rated HTPs more favorably than CCs in terms of smoke, smell, harm, aid in quitting, design, and price than users of other products did (p-value <0.001).Conclusions: We find that positive perception of HTPs following strategic marketing from tobacco companies could have contributed to an increase in HTP use than expected in Korea. However, HTPs might not be considered substitutes for CCs for quitting tobacco use because a significant proportion of dual product users reported a lower intention to quit.