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Table 1 Awareness, beliefs and behavior related to e-cigarettes experimentation

From: Use of electronic cigarettes among Romanian university students: a cross-sectional study

  Total sample N = 444٭ % Smokers N = 154٭ % Ex-smokers N = 72٭ % Non-smokers N = 218 %
Beliefs     
E-cigarettes are less dangerous     
I totally agree/I partially agree 55.9 62.3 33.3 58.7
I do not know 35.8 35.8 50 31.2
I totally disagree/I partially disagree 8.3 1.9 16.7 10.1
E-cigarettes can help smokers to quit     
I totally agree/I partially agree 66.4 46.1 70.8 79.4
I do not know 22.5 33.8 20.8 15.1
I totally disagree/I partially disagree 11.1 20.1 8.3 5.5
E-cigarettes are used only by smokers     
I totally agree/I partially agree 48.9 51.3 50 46.8
I do not know 34.5 31.8 33.3 36.7
I totally disagree/I partially disagree 16.6 16.9 16.7 16.5
Behavior     
Used e-cigarettes at least once during lifetime 25.2 53.3 25 5.5
Used e-cigarettes in the last month 2.7 7.8 0 0
Reasons for trying e-cigarettes among students who experimented with them٭٭     
E-cigarettes are less dangerous 8 0 50 0
To reduce the number of traditional cigarettes 0 0 0 -
To quit smoking 23.2 31.7 0 -
Curiosity 62.5 65.9 50 58.3
Other friends also tried e-cigarettes 23.2 25.6 0 41.7
Intention to use e-cigarettes in the next year     
Definitely yes/probably yes 4.1 11.7 0 0
I do not know 8.6 19.5 4.2 2.3
Definitely no/probably no 87.3 68.8 95.8 97.7
Social influences     
Friends have tried e-cigarettes 59.7 67.5 66.7 51.8
Parents have tried e-cigarettes 6.3 7.8 4.2 6.0
Siblings have tried e-cigarettes 6.5 5.2 8.3 6.9
  1. ٭The study sample consisted of students who have ever heard about e-cigarettes.
  2. ٭٭The percentages are calculated for students who ever tried e-cigarettes (N = 82 among smokers, N = 18 among ex-smokers, N = 12 among non-smokers).