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Eval Health Prof. 2016 Sep;39(3):379-88. doi: 10.1177/0163278715586295. Epub 2015 May 11.

Commentary: Forces That Drive the Vape Shop Industry and Implications for the Health Professions.

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1
Department of Preventive Medicine, University of Southern California, Los Angeles, CA, USA Department of Psychology, University of Southern California, Los Angeles, CA, USA School of Social Work, University of Southern California, Los Angeles, CA, USA ssussma@usc.edu.
2
Department of Preventive Medicine, University of Southern California, Los Angeles, CA, USA Department of Sociology, University of Southern California, Los Angeles, CA, USA.
3
Department of Preventive Medicine, University of Southern California, Los Angeles, CA, USA.
4
Barker Bi-Coastal Health Consultants, Inc., Calabasas, CA, USA.
5
Department of Preventive Medicine, University of Southern California, Los Angeles, CA, USA Department of Psychology, University of Southern California, Los Angeles, CA, USA.

Abstract

At least three factors may be driving the evolution of the vape shop industry, a rapidly growing market sector that specializes in the sales of electronic cigarettes: (1) the tobacco industry, (2) the public health sector and its diverse stakeholders, and (3) consumer demand. These influences and the responses of the vape shop sector have resulted in a rapidly changing landscape. This commentary briefly discusses these three factors and the implications for the health professions, as they address the vape shop industry and its consequences for public health.

KEYWORDS:

electronic cigarettes; health; vape shops

PMID:
25967071
PMCID:
PMC5021181
DOI:
10.1177/0163278715586295
[Indexed for MEDLINE]
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