Smoking E-CigaRette and HEat-noT-burn products: validation of the SECRHET questionnaire

doi: 10.7417/CT.2019.2142

  • G. La Torre Department of Public Health and Infectious Diseases, Sapienza University of Rome
  • B. Dorelli Department of Public Health and Infectious Diseases, Sapienza University of Rome
  • M. Ricciardi Department of Public Health and Infectious Diseases, Sapienza University of Rome
  • M. C. Grassi Department of Physiology and Pharmacology “V. Erspamer”, Sapienza University of Rome, Italy
  • A. Mannocci Department of Public Health and Infectious Diseases, Sapienza University of Rome

Abstract

Background
The nicotine market has rapidly evolved with the emergence of newer forms of smoking device that have been expanded worldwide, such as electronic cigarettes (eCig) which heat a solution (e-liquid) to create vapour and heat-not-burn (HNB) tobacco products, which heats tobacco at a temperature below the point of combustion. Their use is increasing at an alarming rate; it is believed it will surpass the use of traditional cigarettes in next 5 years, mostly among never-smokers and young people.


Objective
There are not many studies investigating knowledge and behaviour about heat tobacco products (HTP) among teenagers, so the aim of this study is to validate the SECRHET questionnaire (Smoking E-CigaRette and HEat-noT-burn products) on knowledge and behaviour on cigarette and HTP among youth.


Methods
The study was conducted in February and March 2019 inside Sapienza University of Rome and high school Giulio Cesare of Rome. A self-administered anonymous questionnaire was performed to investigate smoking habits and measures knowledge about HTP among Italian teenagers.


Outcomes
A sample of 60 students took part in the validation of the questionnaire. The overall Cronbach’s alpha was 0,635, corresponding to a sufficient reliability.


Conclusion
There is little or no data on consumption or perceptions of HTP products among youth and evidence suggests the usefulness of a standardized and validated questionnaire available to monitoring of awareness, interest in trying and prevalence of use of these novel products among young people

Published
2019-07-12
How to Cite
LA TORRE, G. et al. Smoking E-CigaRette and HEat-noT-burn products: validation of the SECRHET questionnaire. La Clinica Terapeutica, [S.l.], v. 170, n. 4, p. e247 - e251, july 2019. ISSN 1972-6007. Available at: <http://www.clinicaterapeutica.it/ojs/index.php/ClinicaTerapeutica/article/view/448>. Date accessed: 22 oct. 2019.
Section
Original Article