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J Adolesc Health. 2019 Sep 12. pii: S1054-139X(19)30356-8. doi: 10.1016/j.jadohealth.2019.06.010. [Epub ahead of print]

E-cigarette Retail Licensing Policy and E-cigarette Use Among Adolescents.

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1
Department of Family and Preventive Medicine, University of Utah School of Medicine, Salt Lake City, Utah. Electronic address: sunday.azagba@utah.edu.
2
Department of Family and Preventive Medicine, University of Utah School of Medicine, Salt Lake City, Utah.

Abstract

PURPOSE:

The present study evaluated whether Pennsylvania's 2016 law requiring a retail license for the sale of e-cigarettes was associated with adolescent e-cigarette use.

METHODS:

Data were drawn from the 2015-2017 Youth Risk Behavior Surveillance System. We examined the prepolicy and postpolicy change in e-cigarette use for the state with the retail licensing requirement (Pennsylvania) compared with control states (New York and Virginia).

RESULTS:

Results showed that e-cigarette licensing policy was significantly associated with e-cigarette use. E-cigarette use among Pennsylvania adolescents reduced by 5.2 percentage points in 2017 when compared with New York adolescents, and a corresponding 21.6% decrease from its baseline prevalence level in 2015. Similarly, there was a 7.4 percentage point decrease in e-cigarette use in Pennsylvania when compared with Virginia (30.7% relative decrease from the baseline prevalence).

CONCLUSIONS:

An e-cigarette retail licensing requirement may be a useful policy tool in reducing e-cigarette use among adolescents.

KEYWORDS:

Adolescents; E-cigarette; Electronic vapor; Retail licensing

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