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Table 3 Tobacco counselors and general practitioners’ distributions of responses on the different statements

From: Health professionals in Flanders perceive the potential health risks of vaping as lower than those of smoking but do not recommend using e-cigarettes to their smoking patients

  Totally disagree (%) Rather disagree (%) Rather agree (%) Totally agree (%)
The e-cig is harmful to the vaper TCs 4 26 63 7
  GPs 0 32 55 14
  Total 3 28 61 9
The e-cig is harmful to people in the vicinity of the vaper TCs 22 48 24 6
  GPs 9 55 27 9
  Total 18 50 25 7
The e-cig is healthier than the conventional cigarette TCs 7 11 39 43
  GPs 5 9 55 32
  Total 7 11 43 40
The e-cig is carcinogenic TCs 11 41 35 13
  GPs 18 41 27 14
  Total 13 41 33 13
The risk of cancer is lower for the e-cig than for the conventional cigarette TCs 2 13 43 43
  GPs 5 5 59 32
  Total 3 11 47 40
The e-cig increases the cardiovascular risk TCs 6 30 44 20
  GPs 9 23 55 14
  Total 7 28 47 18
The risk of cardiovascular disease is lower for the e-cig than for the conventional cigarette TCs 7 7 52 33
  GPs 5 5 73 18
  Total 7 7 58 29
The e-cig increases the risk of chronic lung disease TCs 11 41 41 7
  GPs 9 41 36 14
  Total 11 41 40 9
The risk of chronic lung disease is lower for the e-cig than for the conventional cigarette TCs 4 17 44 35
  GPs 5 9 73 14
  Total 4 15 53 29
Nicotine is a very harmful component of the e-cig TCs 24 30 28 19
  GPs 4 50 27 18
  Total 18 36 28 18
The e-cig with nicotine has an addictive effect TCs 2 7 35 56
  GPs 0 14 41 46
  Total 1 9 37 53
The e-cig without nicotine has an addictive effect TCs 20 43 32 6
  GPs 18 46 32 5
  Total 20 43 32 5
I think the e-cig can be used in public places where smoking is prohibited TCs 70 19 9 2
  GPs 36 36 18 9
  Total 61 24 12 4
I think the e-cig should be prohibited to minors (18 years) TCs 2 11 20 67
  GPs 5 5 27 64
  Total 3 9 22 66
I think the e-cig will cause renormalisation of smoking TCs 2 15 50 33
  GPs 5 23 46 27
  Total 3 17 49 32
I think that the e-cig will lead to uptake of conventional smoking TCs 4 22 52 22
  GPs 9 27 46 18
  Total 5 24 50 21
The e-cig is an effective smoking cessation aid TCs 24 43 32 2
  GPs 5 46 50 0
  Total 18 43 37 1
I support patients, who spontaneously tell me they want to start using the e-cig, in this decision TCs 20 39 33 7
  GPs 5 27 59 9
  Total 16 36 41 8
I recommend the e-cig to my patients TCs 57 37 6 0
  GPs 32 59 9 0
  Total 50 43 7 0
  1. TCs tobacco counselors, GPs general practitioners