Many Adults Support Additional Regulation of E-Cigarettes

Friday, December 27, 2013 (Last Updated: 12/30/2013)

FRIDAY, Dec. 27, 2013 (HealthDay News) -- Adults are concerned about electronic cigarette (e-cigarette) use among children and express widespread support for regulation of e-cigarettes, according to a report published Dec. 18 by the C.S. Mott Children's Hospital.

Researchers from GfK Custom Research conducted a nationally representative household survey of a randomly selected, stratified group of 2,124 adults (aged 18 years and older) in November 2013 to examine opinions regarding e-cigarette use and possible regulations.

The researchers found that 44 percent of adults believe that e-cigarettes will encourage children to use tobacco products, and nearly half of parents (48 percent) are concerned their child will try e-cigarettes. Most adults believe manufacturers should be required to test e-cigarettes for safety (88 percent) and believe that e-cigarette sales should be prohibited to minors (86 percent). Sixty-five percent of respondents think e-cigarettes should have health warnings like tobacco cigarettes and other tobacco-containing products.

"E-cigarettes are a relatively new product, with little information about safety or long-term health effects," Matthew M. Davis, M.D., director of the C.S. Mott Children's Hospital National Poll on Children's Health, said in a statement. "However, the public is clearly aware of the devices and concerned about their impact, according to this month's poll results."

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