Most U.S. adults surveyed in 2015 agree that e-cigarette use should not be allowed in places where smoking is prohibited.
However, a recent survey showed that 1/3 of respondents allow use of the devices within their home, and fewer than half said they knew that exhaled e-cigarette vapors contain nicotine that deposits on indoor surfaces.
The finding was presented at the American Academy of Pediatrics 2016 National Conference & Exhibition in San Francisco on Oct. 22.
Researchers analyzed data from the 2015 Social Climate Survey of Tobacco Control. A total of 3,070 adults responded to this survey.
Among them, 68% said e-cigarette use was not allowed inside their homes, and 77% prohibit use in the car.
Most respondents (84%) also said they believe that e-cigarette use should not be allowed in places that prohibit smoking, and that it is not acceptable for parents to use e-cigarettes in front of children (74%).
However, according to the researchers, many adults were uncertain about the potential harms of e-cigarettes.
More than a third of adults (37%) knew that exhaled e-cigarette vapor contains nicotine and using e-cigarettes indoors deposits nicotine on surfaces. Nevertheless, more than half of adults have responded “don’t know.”
In addition, roughly the same percentage of adults said that using e-cigarettes around children exposes them to nicotine (44%) as said “don’t know” (46%).
Moreover, smokers, e-cigarette users, and adults with lower education tended to be less likely to believe that these products posed harms for children.
Researchers said that e-cigarettes primarily emit a toxic aerosol. Unfortunately, many parents are unaware of the risk that exposure poses for their children and do not implement household rules to protect their children.
The findings suggest an opportunity to educate parents about toxic exposure risks from e-cigarette aerosols and to advise parents to keep their homes and vehicles free from both tobacco smoke and e-cigarette emissions.
News source: American Academy of Pediatrics.
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