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Reasons for Regularly Using Heated Tobacco Products among Adult Current and Former Smokers in Japan: Finding from 2018 ITC Japan Survey

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Department of Psychology, University of Waterloo, Waterloo, ON N2L 3G1, Canada
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Division of Cancer Prevention and Population Sciences, Department of Health Behaviors Roswell Park Comprehensive Cancer Center, Buffalo, NY 14263, USA
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Division of Tobacco Policy Research, National Cancer Center Japan, 5-1-1 Tsukiji, Chuo-ku, Tokyo 104-0045, Japan
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Japan Cancer Society, 13th Floor, Yurakucho Center Bldg. 2-5-1, Yurakucho, Chiyoda-ku, Tokyo 100-0006, Japan
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Cancer Control Center, Osaka International Cancer Institute, Chome-1-69 Otemae, Chuo Ward, Osaka 541-8567, Japan
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School of Public Health and Health Systems, University of Waterloo, Waterloo, ON N2L 3G1, Canada
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Ontario Institute for Cancer Research, Toronto, ON M5G 0A3, Canada
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Int. J. Environ. Res. Public Health 2020, 17(21), 8030; https://0-doi-org.brum.beds.ac.uk/10.3390/ijerph17218030
Received: 3 October 2020 / Revised: 22 October 2020 / Accepted: 28 October 2020 / Published: 31 October 2020
The market growth of heated tobacco products (HTPs), such as IQOS, Ploom TECH, and glo, has increased dramatically in Japan since 2016. Little is known about the reasons why current and former smokers are using HTPs. The data for this cross-sectional study were from the 2018 (Wave 1) International Tobacco Control (ITC) Japan Survey, a national web-based survey of 4500 people, including 658 current HTP users, of whom 549 were concurrently smoking cigarettes and 109 were former smokers. The most common reasons for regularly using HTPs were: beliefs that HTP are less harmful than cigarettes to themselves (90.6%) or to others (86.7%), enjoyment (76.5%), and social acceptability (74.4%). About half of current smokers (55.1%) reported using HTPs because these products might help them quit smoking. However, a near-equal percentage (52.0%) of current smokers reported using HTPs to replace some of the cigarettes they smoked so that they did not have to give up smoking altogether. If smokers are using HTPs to complement rather than quit their smoking, then the harm reduction potential of HTPs suggested by the toxicity studies will be diminished. View Full-Text
Keywords: heated tobacco products; cigarettes; Japan; reasons; current smoker; former smoker heated tobacco products; cigarettes; Japan; reasons; current smoker; former smoker
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Xu, S.S.; Meng, G.; Yan, M.; Gravely, S.; Quah, A.C.K.; Ouimet, J.; O’Connor, R.J.; Sutanto, E.; Yoshimi, I.; Mochizuki, Y.; Tabuchi, T.; Fong, G.T. Reasons for Regularly Using Heated Tobacco Products among Adult Current and Former Smokers in Japan: Finding from 2018 ITC Japan Survey. Int. J. Environ. Res. Public Health 2020, 17, 8030. https://0-doi-org.brum.beds.ac.uk/10.3390/ijerph17218030

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Xu SS, Meng G, Yan M, Gravely S, Quah ACK, Ouimet J, O’Connor RJ, Sutanto E, Yoshimi I, Mochizuki Y, Tabuchi T, Fong GT. Reasons for Regularly Using Heated Tobacco Products among Adult Current and Former Smokers in Japan: Finding from 2018 ITC Japan Survey. International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health. 2020; 17(21):8030. https://0-doi-org.brum.beds.ac.uk/10.3390/ijerph17218030

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Xu, Steve S., Gang Meng, Mi Yan, Shannon Gravely, Anne C.K. Quah, Janine Ouimet, Richard J. O’Connor, Edward Sutanto, Itsuro Yoshimi, Yumiko Mochizuki, Takahiro Tabuchi, and Geoffrey T. Fong 2020. "Reasons for Regularly Using Heated Tobacco Products among Adult Current and Former Smokers in Japan: Finding from 2018 ITC Japan Survey" International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health 17, no. 21: 8030. https://0-doi-org.brum.beds.ac.uk/10.3390/ijerph17218030

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