Associations of socioeconomic status, parental smoking and parental e-cigarette use with 10–11-year-old children’s perceptions of tobacco cigarettes and e-cigarettes: cross sectional analysis of the CHETS Wales 3 survey

Moore, G. F., Angel, L., Gray, L. , Copeland, L., van Godwin, J., Segrott, J. and Hallingberg, B. (2020) Associations of socioeconomic status, parental smoking and parental e-cigarette use with 10–11-year-old children’s perceptions of tobacco cigarettes and e-cigarettes: cross sectional analysis of the CHETS Wales 3 survey. International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health, 17(3), 683. (doi: 10.3390/ijerph17030683)

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Abstract

Background: This study examines primary schoolchildren’s perceptions of e-cigarettes and tobacco cigarettes, and associations with parental smoking, vaping and socioeconomic status. Methods: Survey of 2218 10–11-year-old children in 73 schools in Wales. Results: Overall, 36% reported that a parent figure smoked compared to 21% for vaping, with parental smoking lower in affluent families (OR = 0.72; 95% CI = 0.68 to 0.76). Overall, 1% had tried a cigarette, while 5% had tried an e-cigarette. Most said they would not smoke or vape in 2 years’ time; susceptibility to vaping (20%) was higher than smoking (12%). Exposure to and perceptions of tobacco cigarettes were more positive for children of smokers. Having a parent who vaped was associated with exposure to and positive perceptions of e-cigarettes, but not smoking. Most children perceived e-cigarettes as used by adults to stop smoking (64%). Susceptibility to smoking (OR = 0.57; 95% CI = 0.41 to 0.79) and vaping (OR = 0.78; 95% CI = 0.62 to 0.99) were lower among children who perceived e-cigarettes as cessation aids. Conclusions: Parental smoking continues to be concentrated in poorer families. This study provides no evidence that parental vaping in the absence of smoking is associated with more positive perceptions of tobacco cigarettes. Communicating to children the role of e-cigarettes as cessation devices for smokers may help to limit their appeal to young people.

Item Type:Articles
Status:Published
Refereed:Yes
Glasgow Author(s) Enlighten ID:Gray, Dr Linsay
Creator Roles:
Gray, L.Methodology, Formal analysis, Writing – review and editing
Authors: Moore, G. F., Angel, L., Gray, L., Copeland, L., van Godwin, J., Segrott, J., and Hallingberg, B.
College/School:College of Medical Veterinary and Life Sciences > Institute of Health and Wellbeing > MRC/CSO SPHSU
Journal Name:International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health
Publisher:MDPI
ISSN:1661-7827
ISSN (Online):1660-4601
Published Online:21 January 2020
Copyright Holders:Copyright © 2020 The Authors
First Published:First published in International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health 17(3): 683
Publisher Policy:Reproduced under a Creative Commons License

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