Australian smokers' interest in using low nitrosamine smokeless tobacco products

Gartner, Coral E., Jimenez, Eliana and Hall, Wayne D. (2009). Australian smokers' interest in using low nitrosamine smokeless tobacco products. In: 2009 Joint Conference of SRNT and SRNT-Europe, Saggart, Co. Dublin, Ireland, (107-107). 27-30 April 2009.


Author Gartner, Coral E.
Jimenez, Eliana
Hall, Wayne D.
Title of paper Australian smokers' interest in using low nitrosamine smokeless tobacco products
Formatted title
Australian smokers╩╝ interest in using low nitrosamine smokeless tobacco products
Conference name 2009 Joint Conference of SRNT and SRNT-Europe
Conference location Saggart, Co. Dublin, Ireland
Conference dates 27-30 April 2009
Publisher SRNT (Society for Research on Nicotine and Tobacco)
Publication Year 2009
Sub-type Poster
ISBN not found
Start page 107
End page 107
Total pages 1
Language eng
Formatted Abstract/Summary
It is controversial whether it would be good public health policy to encourage smokers to switch to less harmful tobacco products such as low nitrosamine smokeless tobacco (SLT). Epidemiological modelling indicates that there would be major public health gains if a substantial number of current smokers switched. However, the current ban on the commercial sale of these products in Australia is a barrier to implementation of this harm reduction strategy. In assessing whether allowing domestic sales of low nitrosamine SLT products in Australia would have a positive impact on public health we need to know how many smokers and nonsmokers would use these products and whether smokers would use them instead of smoking cigarettes or only use them when they could not smoke (“dual use”). We addressed these issues by conducting a cross-sectional survey of 400 current Australian daily smokers using computer-assisted web interviewing methods. The survey measured: smoking history, awareness of SLT, prevalence of current and former SLT use, beliefs about the relative harmfulness of SLT compared to cigarettes, willingness to try SLT and intended pattern of use (full substitution for cigarettes or dual use). Two thirds of the smokers had heard of SLT and 13% of these had used SLT. Only 19% believed SLT was less harmful than cigarettes. A quarter stated they were likely or very likely to purchase SLT if it was available in Australia. Most smokers who were willing to try SLT indicated they would use it to help them quit smoking (66%); only 9% indicated they would use it as a short-term substitute for only when they couldn’t smoke. We also report on the characteristics of those smokers who were willing to try SLT and the impact of price on willingness to try SLT. This study provides important preliminary data on the potential usefulness of SLT for harm reduction in Australia.
Subjects 1117 Public Health and Health Services
Q-Index Code EX
Q-Index Status Provisional Code
Institutional Status Unknown
Additional Notes Presented during Poster Session 3: "Public Health" as Poster no. POS3-95.

 
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