Did You Know That African Americans, Compared To Whites And Hispanics, Are Less Likely To View E-Cigarettes As Addictive?

A recently published study examined racial/ethnic differences in e-cigarette knowledge, risk perceptions, and social norms among current and former smokers.

Findings included:

  • White participants scored significantly higher on e-cigarette knowledge, compared to both Hispanics and African Americans/Blacks.
  • Knowledge was lower among African Americans/Blacks compared to Hispanics.
  • Compared to both Whites and Hispanics, African American/Black participants held lower perceptions regarding e-cigarette health risks and were less likely to view e-cigarettes as addictive.
  • Normative beliefs did not differ by race/ethnicity.

The researchers concluded that variation in e-cigarette knowledge and beliefs among smokers and former smokers has implications for use, and potentially, dual use. Understanding these relationships in unrepresented populations can inform future research and practice.

Source: Webb Hooper & Kolar (2017). Racial/ethnic differences in electronic cigarette knowledge, social norms, and risk perceptions among current and former smokers. Addictive Behaviors, 67, 86-91.

Read the abstract at https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/28063324

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