The trustworthiness and credibility of risk information about licit substances: Attitudes among Swedish adults
2014 (English)In: Paper presented at 40th Annual Alcohol Epidemiology Symposium of the Kettil Bruun Society, Torino, Italy, 9 - 13 June 2014., 2014Conference paper, Abstract (Other academic)
Aims: Providing risk information regarding licit substances is a central strategy in public health promotion. The aim of this paper is to explore the extent to which a random sample of Swedes: 1) trust risk information regarding alcohol, cigarettes and wet snuff (“snus”) provided by public authorities, 2) perceive risk information regarding alcohol, cigarettes and snus as contradictory, and 3) have received an adequate amount of risk information from public authorities regarding these licit substances. Methods: A questionnaire was mailed to Swedish adults aged 18 to 70 (n=1623, 54% response rate). Descriptive statistics and logistic regression techniques were used to process data. Results: Participants trusted risk information concerning cigarettes, snus and alcohol provided by public authorities, and reported that they had received an adequate amount of information. Information about cigarettes was seen as more trustworthy and consistent than information about alcohol and snus. Conclusion: The study suggests that attitudes toward risk information are substance-specific and associated with gender, age, education and experience of own substance use. While highlighting complexities in how people perceive risk information, our data also illustrate that the general population in Sweden seems to be quite well equipped when it comes to risk information about licit substances.
Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
risk information, survey, attitudes, cigarettes, alcohol, snus, perceptions
Research subject Social Work
IdentifiersURN: urn:nbn:se:su:diva-110521OAI: oai:DiVA.org:su-110521DiVA: diva2:772101
40th Annual Alcohol Epidemiology Symposium of the Kettil Bruun Society