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dc.contributor.authorJongenelis, Michelle
dc.contributor.authorKameron, C.
dc.contributor.authorRudaizky, D.
dc.contributor.authorPettigrew, Simone
dc.identifier.citationJongenelis, M. and Kameron, C. and Rudaizky, D. and Pettigrew, S. 2019. Support for e-cigarette regulations among Australian young adults. BMC Public Health. 19 (1): Article ID 67.

Background: Surveying support for various regulatory options relating to e-cigarettes can assist policymakers to identify those that have broad support and are therefore likely to be easier to implement. However, data on support for potential e-cigarette regulations in Australia are limited. To inform regulatory efforts, the present study assessed attitudes to the regulation of e-cigarettes among Australian young adults, the most prevalent users of e-cigarettes and therefore the most likely population segment to be affected by e-cigarette regulations. Methods: A total of 1116 Australians aged 18 to 25 years (59% female) completed an online survey where they were presented with various statements relating to the regulation of e-cigarettes and asked to report on the extent to which they agreed or disagreed with each. Statements presented either a restrictive or non-restrictive approach to e-cigarette regulation. Results: Across all statements, 10-22% of respondents responded "don't know" while 23-35% neither agreed nor disagreed, indicating general ambivalence. There was a moderate level of support (33-37%) for regulating e-cigarette sales/use and treating e-cigarettes like tobacco products. Only 20% of respondents were in favour of allowing the use of e-cigarettes in smoke-free areas. Smokers, e-cigarette users, and those who did not believe in the harms associated with e-cigarettes were typically less likely than other respondents to support restrictive approaches. Conclusions: The young Australian adults surveyed were somewhat supportive of restrictions around the sale and use of e-cigarettes, but generally opposed outright bans and any need for a prescription from a medical practitioner. Increasing awareness of the harms associated with the use of e-cigarettes represents a potential strategy to gaining regulatory support.

dc.publisherBioMed Central Ltd
dc.titleSupport for e-cigarette regulations among Australian young adults
dc.typeJournal Article
dcterms.source.titleBMC Public Health

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curtin.departmentSchool of Psychology
curtin.accessStatusOpen access

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