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Open Access E-cigarette Regulatory Attitudes in Groups with Low Policy Support

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Objective: The objective of this study was to assess which types of e-cigarette regulations are supported by California residents who are generally not supportive of government regulations. Methods: We conducted 4 focus groups (6 – 11 per group) in three geographic areas in 2016 to examine opinions about e-cigarette regulations among demographic groups with lower support for these regulations. Results: Most participants agreed that youth should not use ecigarettes. Opinions varied about how to prevent youth access without infringing on vapers' rights. Most participants favored restrictions on vaping indoors but also believed that businesses should make their own rules about vaping. They supported taxes on e-cigarettes if the revenue would fund health education, research, and health services. Participants wanted accurate warning labels and supported retailer licensing to prevent sales to minors and counterfeiting. They opposed the marketing of flavors to youth but wanted a variety of flavors available to adults. They expressed low trust in the regulatory actions of the FDA and public health agencies. Conclusions: Participants supported some degree of e-cigarette regulation to protect youth, standardize products, and inform the public. Policymakers could garner support for e-cigarette regulations by proposing policies that achieve those goals.

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Document Type: Research Article

Publication date: October 1, 2017

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  • Tobacco Regulatory Science (Electronic ISSN 2333-9748) is a rigorously peer-reviewed online scientific journal for the dissemination of research relevant to the regulation of tobacco products. The journal content includes a broad array of research domains, including chemistry, biology, behavior, community, and population-level surveillance and epidemiology, as well as knowledge syntheses (eg, meta-analyses or state-of-the-art reviews) and analytic modeling. All articles describe the policy relevance of the research outcomes. Given the global nature of tobacco regulation, particularly as a result of international and national policies, Tobacco Regulatory Science publishes high quality research that is relevant to global regulatory needs and requirements. Tobacco Regulatory Science is published electronically 6 times per year.
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