Teens and parents agree: Electronic cigarettes need restrictions

November 16, 2015, University of Michigan Health System
National poll shows parent and teen views on electronic cigarettes. Credit: C.S. Mott Children's Hospital National Poll on Children's Health at the University of Michigan

As electronic cigarette use skyrockets among youth, even teens agree with parents that what's known as "vaping" needs stricter rules.

More than three fourths of both teens and adults say e-cigarettes should be restricted in public spaces, come with warnings and be taxed like conventional cigarettes, according to today's C.S. Mott Children's Hospital National Poll on Children's Health at the University of Michigan.

All U.S. states except for Pennsylvania and Michigan restrict sales to minors - and an overwhelming majority of adults and teens agree with these laws, the found. More than 80 percent of parents and teens also think that allowing teens to use e-cigarettes will encourage them to use other tobacco products.

"Just as we are seeing declines in smoking of conventional cigarettes, there has been rapid growth in use of among youth. Our poll indicates that both parents and teens agree that e-cigarettes pose several concerns," says Matthew M. Davis, M.D., M.A.P.P., director of the National Poll on Children's Health and professor of pediatrics and internal medicine in the Child Health Evaluation and Research Unit of U-M's C.S. Mott Children's Hospital.

"We found overwhelming public support of state efforts to keep e-cigarettes out of the hands of minors."

Earlier this year, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reported that electronic cigarette use among middle and had tripled from 2013 to 2014. E-cigarette use had also surpassed current use of every other tobacco product overall, including conventional cigarettes.

In a 2010 Mott poll, only 37 percent of adult respondents had ever heard of e-cigarettes, compared to 86 percent in 2013. E-cigarettes have raised health concerns because they contain nicotine, an addictive substance that can lead teens to experiment with other tobacco products.

This is the first Mott poll to include the voices of teens, with a nationally-represented group of parents of teens and teens themselves 13-18 years old.

"Some people may be surprised that teenagers' views are remarkably consistent with what parents think about e-cigarettes," Davis says. "The strong level of agreement between parents and teens suggests that both groups are concerned about the health hazards of e-cigarettes."

Other report highlights

  • 92% of parents and 91% of teens think e-cigarettes should have health warnings like traditional cigarettes.
  • 42% of teens say they know other teens that have used e-cigarettes
  • Over half of parents and teens think it is easy for people under 18 to buy e-cigarettes.
  • Both parents (84%) and teens (81%) think allowing minors to use e-cigarettes will encourage the use of other .
  • 64% of parents and 71% of teens support banning candy- and fruit-flavored e-cigarettes.
  • 14 % of report having tried or are currently using , compared to 9% of

Explore further: 44 percent of adults worry e-cigarettes will encourage kids to start smoking tobacco

More information: For the full report: mottnpch.org/reports-surveys/t … ictions-e-cigarettes

Related Stories

44 percent of adults worry e-cigarettes will encourage kids to start smoking tobacco

December 18, 2013
Adults nationwide are concerned about the use of e-cigarettes by children and teens, with 44 percent indicating worries that the devices will encourage kids to use tobacco products, according to a new poll from the University ...

Adolescent medicine expert helps parents share the dangers of e-cigarettes with teens

May 29, 2015
Though many think e-cigarettes are helping to reduce the number of smokers in the US, research is showing the opposite is true when it comes to teens. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recently released data ...

Teen use of e-cigarettes growing; Hawaii use rates higher than in mainland

December 15, 2014
E-cigarette use among teenagers is growing in the U.S., and Hawaii teens take up e-cigarette use at higher rates than their mainland counterparts, a new study by University of Hawaii Cancer Center researchers has found.

American Academy of Pediatrics issues sweeping recommendations on tobacco and e-cigarettes

October 26, 2015
While adolescent use of tobacco has declined since the 1970s, it remains a persistent public health problem - and e-cigarettes are threatening to addict a new generation to nicotine. In a comprehensive set of policies issued ...

Raise smoking age to 21, US pediatricians urge

October 26, 2015
(HealthDay)—The minimum age to purchase tobacco products and e-cigarettes should be raised to 21 across the United States, according to a new policy recommendation released Monday by the American Academy of Pediatrics.

Electronic cigarettes gaining in popularity among teens

April 26, 2015
Teens no longer smoke just cigarettes. They have branched out to using alternative tobacco products such as electronic cigarettes, hookahs and little cigars. In fact, e-cigarette use is rising rapidly among both cigarette ...

Recommended for you

Insufficient sleep, even without extended wakefulness, leads to performance impairments

May 21, 2018
Millions of individuals obtain insufficient sleep on a daily basis, which can lead to impaired performance and other adverse physiological outcomes. To what extent these impairments are caused by the short sleep duration ...

Avoiding the car for travel could significantly lower risk of illness and death

May 21, 2018
People who are more active when commuting to work by walking or cycling could be cutting their relative risk of developing ischaemic heart disease or stroke by 11% and their relative risk of dying from these diseases by 30%, ...

New study shows higher formaldehyde risk in e-cigarettes than previously thought

May 21, 2018
Portland State University researchers who published an article three years ago in the New England Journal of Medicine about the presence of previously undiscovered forms of formaldehyde in e-cigarette vapor revisited their ...

Sleep better, parent better: Study shows link between maternal sleep and permissive parenting

May 21, 2018
Research has shown that consistently not getting enough sleep, or getting poor quality sleep, can put you at risk for a number of health conditions. But how does sleep, or the lack of it, affect how you parent?

Mediterranean diet may blunt air pollution's ill health effects

May 21, 2018
Eating a Mediterranean diet may protect people from some of the harm of long-term exposure to air pollution, and reduce their risk of dying from heart attacks, stroke and other causes of death, according to new research presented ...

Autism is not linked to eating fish in pregnacy

May 21, 2018
A major study examining the fish-eating habits of pregnant women has found that they are not linked to autism or autistic traits in their children.

0 comments

Please sign in to add a comment. Registration is free, and takes less than a minute. Read more

Click here to reset your password.
Sign in to get notified via email when new comments are made.