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Public attitudes towards e-cigarette regulations and policies in Taiwan

Published inJournal of Public Health Research, vol. 9, no. 4, 1698
Publication date2020
Abstract

Background: There are various approaches to e-cigarette regulation globally. In Taiwan, the term "e-cigarette" is not found in existing regulations, but health authorities apply explanatory notes derived from standing laws to e-cigarette. Taiwan health authority is in the process of regulative reform to include "e-cigarette" in standing tobacco law. Our objective was to investigate the public's attitudes towards potential policy options for e-cigarette regulations in Taiwan. Design and Methods: We conduct an anonymous online survey in the general public. A questionnaire in Mandarin was posted on the website Stop-tabac.ch between July and November 2017. Results: Participants (n=236) were mostly male, young, highly educated, employed, and smoked or had smoked cigarettes in the past. Half were e-cigarette users. Four measures banning ecigarettes, labelling content and nicotine level and establishing a maximum-allowable nicotine level were supported by more than 70% of participants. Vaping status was strongly associated with support for most measures after controlling for other factors in multivariate models. Conclusion: We documented attitudes of a self-selected sample of the general public in Taiwan regarding e-cigarette regulations and policies. These results may be useful to design studies in more representative samples and to inform e-cigarette regulations, policies and education campaigns.

Keywords
  • E-cigarette
  • Adult
  • On-line survey
  • Public attitudes
  • Regulations
Citation (ISO format)
SHIH, Chin-Shui, ETTER, Jean-François. Public attitudes towards e-cigarette regulations and policies in Taiwan. In: Journal of Public Health Research, 2020, vol. 9, n° 4, p. 1698. doi: 10.4081/jphr.2020.1698
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