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Int. J. Environ. Res. Public Health 2014, 11(12), 12174-12189; doi:10.3390/ijerph111212174

Support for Indoor Bans on Electronic Cigarettes among Current and Former Smokers

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Department of Psychology, College of Arts and Sciences, University of Miami, Coral Gables, FL 33146, USA
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Sylvester Comprehensive Cancer Center, Miami, FL 33136, USA
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Received: 3 November 2014 / Revised: 18 November 2014 / Accepted: 18 November 2014 / Published: 25 November 2014
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Abstract

Objectives: Electronic cigarette (e-cigarette) use is increasing in the U.S. Although marketed as a safer alternative for cigarettes, initial evidence suggests that e-cigarettes may pose a secondhand exposure risk. The current study explored the prevalence and correlates of support for e-cigarette bans. Methods: A sample of 265 current/former smokers completed a cross-sectional telephone survey from June–September 2014; 45% Black, 31% White, 21% Hispanic. Items assessed support for home and workplace bans for cigarettes and e-cigarettes and associated risk perceptions. Results: Most participants were aware of e-cigarettes (99%). Results demonstrated less support for complete e-cigarette bans in homes and workplaces compared to cigarettes. Support for complete e-cigarette bans was strongest among older, higher income, married respondents, and former smokers. Complete e-cigarette bans were most strongly endorsed when perceptions of addictiveness and health risks were high. While both e-cigarette lifetime and never-users strongly supported cigarette smoking bans, endorsement for e-cigarette bans varied by lifetime use and intentions to use e-cigarettes. Conclusions: Support for indoor e-cigarette bans is relatively low among individuals with a smoking history. Support for e-cigarette bans may change as evidence regarding their use emerges. These findings have implications for public health policy. View Full-Text
Keywords: electronic cigarette; E-cigarette; vaping; secondhand vapor; nicotine; environmental smoke electronic cigarette; E-cigarette; vaping; secondhand vapor; nicotine; environmental smoke
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Kolar, S.K.; Rogers, B.G.; Hooper, M.W. Support for Indoor Bans on Electronic Cigarettes among Current and Former Smokers. Int. J. Environ. Res. Public Health 2014, 11, 12174-12189.

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