Areej Sulaiman Abu Khalid, Mohammad Alzahrani, Wed Ali Alharbi, Ambreen Shabbir
Background: Practice of different forms of tobacco has imposed huge and increasing burden on public health.
Aim: To evaluate awareness and knowledge among Saudi community regarding vaping and its possible consequences on general as well as oral health and inadvertently increase their general knowledge.
Methodology: This cross sectional study enrolled 865 participants involving both genders. A self-administered questionnaire related to the awareness and attitudes of vape users was uploaded online. Informed written consent was taken. Unwilling participants were excluded. All collected information was kept confidential. Data analyzed by SPSS 23.0. Frequency and percentage were given for socio-demographic, attitude, knowledge and health status. Results: There were 84% males while 16% females in present study, majority of vape users were undergraduate students. Around 52.3% of vape consumers reported it as addictive substance. No significant relationship was observed between attitude, knowledge and health status with p-value >0.05.
Conclusion: This study concluded that the Saudi population has a better knowledge and awareness regarding its adverse effects on general as well as oral health. No significant relationship was observed between attitude, knowledge and health status.
Keywords: Vape Users, Awareness, Attitude and Health Status.