The youth’s awareness of regulations banning e-cigarette advertising, promotion, sponsorship and their use in educational buildings
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Department of Hygiene and Epidemiology, Medical University of Lodz, Lodz, Poland
Publication date: 2021-09-02
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Dorota Kaleta   

Department of Hygiene and Epidemiology, Medical University of Lodz, Lodz, Poland
Tob. Induc. Dis. 2021;19(Suppl 1):A111
Legal regulations are recognized as one of the most important tools used to prevent the use of nicotine containing products.

The study objective was to evaluate the youth’s awareness of existing legislation banning e-cigarette advertising, promotion, sponsorship, and use of those products in school building.

A cross-sectional study was conducted between 2017 and 2018 among 1722 secondary and 787 high school students from Piotrkowski district. An anonymous, self-administered questionnaire adapted from the GYTS was implemented so as to collect information on the e-cigarette use status, awareness of the existing legislation and its enforcement.

About 32% of the youth declared current e-cigarette use. Despite the amendment of Tobacco Control Act banning e-cigarette advertising, promotion and sponsorship, about 4% of the students declared that they had seen e-cigarette advertising on TV, 7% in newspapers, 60% in the point of sale and 70% in the internet. What is more, 43% of the youth declared that they had seen celebrities using such products. Half of the study population was not able to indicate if there was a ban on e-cigarette sponsorship of the youth events. Only 40% of the study participants indicated a ban on e-cigarette use in school buildings or school premises, while the rest did not have such knowledge or indicated that e-cigarette use was allowed in the selected places. Everyday violation of regulations by employees was indicated by 16% of the respondents, while the daily violation of these provisions by students was reported by more than 25% of the youth. There were no significant differences in the percentages of the students being aware of the existing regulations depending on a school grade (p>0.05).

More effort should be made to inform young people about legal regulations on e-cigarettes and to enforce the relevant law.

This study was supported by the Local Government of the Piotrkowski District (grant number: AZ-I.033.2.2014), Medical University of Lodz (grant no. 503/6-024-01/503-66-001. The funding bodies had no role in the design of the study and collection, analysis, and interpretation of the data, and in writing the manuscript.