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Table 1 Queries about, use of and opinions on e-cigarettes among clients as reported by SSS practitioners

From: E-cigarettes: online survey of UK smoking cessation practitioners

  2011 survey 2013 survey  
  N % N % p
Clients asking about e-cigs
compared to one year ago
     P < .001
More clients asking 338 64.3 607 90.7  
Same proportion 129 24.5 48 7.2  
Fewer clients asking 59 11.2 14 2.1  
Total 526 100.0 669 100.0  
% clients ever used e-cigs      P < .001
None 50 9.9 13 2.0  
Less than a quarter 404 79.8 283 43.2  
Quarter to a half 38 7.5 262 40.0  
Half to three quarters 6 1.2 80 12.2  
More than three quarters 8 1.6 17 2.6  
Total 506 100.0 655 100.0  
% clients regularly using e-cigs      P < .001
None 90 18.6 25 3.8  
Less than a quarter 382 79.1 445 67.8  
Quarter to a half 11 2.3 154 23.5  
Half to three quarters 0 0.0 23 3.5  
More than three quarters 0 0.0 9 1.4  
Total1 483 100.0 656 100.0  
Clients queries about e-cigs   P < .001   P < .001  
Where to get them? 249 49.2 227 6.1  
Do SSS provide them? 4 0.8 569 15.4  
Why don’t SSS provide? 36 7.1 434 11.8  
How much do they cost? 3 0.6 188 5.1  
Are they legal? 0 0.0 138 3.7  
Contain harmful additives? 63 12.5 356 9.6  
Safe for users? 67 13.2 436 11.8  
Safe for OTHERS around? 2 0.4 122 3.3  
Effective for stopping? 68 13.4 514 13.9  
Effective for cutting down? 2 0.4 341 9.2  
Problems with products? 1 0.2 100 2.7  
How they work? 11 2.2 267 7.2  
Total queries1 506 100.0 3692 100.0  
‘E-cigs are a good thing’      P < .001
strongly agree 27 4.6 47 6.7  
agree 60 10.2 135 19.2  
unsure 282 48.0 293 41.6  
disagree 123 21.0 94 13.3  
strongly disagree 95 16.2 106 15.0  
Total 587 100.0 675 100.0  
  1. 1Totals for clients’ queries analysis refer to number of queries.