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E-cigarette Marketing and Older Smokers: Road to Renormalization

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Objectives: To describe older smokers' perceptions of risks and use of e-cigarettes, and their responses to marketing and knowledge of, and opinions about, regulation of e-cigarettes. Methods: Eight 90-minute focus groups with 8 to 9 participants met in urban and suburban California to discuss topics related to cigarettes and alternative tobacco products. Results: Older adults are using e-cigarettes for cessation and as a way to circumvent no-smoking policies; they have false perceptions about the effectiveness and safety of e-cigarettes. They perceive e-cigarette marketing as a way to renormalize smoking. Conclusions: To stem the current epidemic of nicotine addiction, the FDA must take immediate action because e-cigarette advertising promotes dual use and may contribute to the renormalization of smoking.
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Keywords: E-CIGARETTES; MARKETING; OLDER SMOKERS; PERCEPTION; USE

Document Type: Research Article

Affiliations: 1: University of California, San Francisco School of Nursing, San Francisco, CA, USA. [email protected] 2: University of California, San Francisco School of Nursing, San Francisco, CA, USA 3: University of California, San Francisco, Center of Tobacco Control, Research, and Education, San Francisco, CA, USA 4: San Francisco, Department of Medicine, San Francisco, CA, USA

Publication date: 2015-05-01

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