Most adults surveyed don't know e-cigarette use deposits nicotine on indoor surfaces

Most U.S. adults surveyed in 2015 agree that e-cigarette use should not be allowed in places where smoking is prohibited. Yet one-third 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 abstract, "Household rules about e-cigarette use and beliefs about harms to children," will be presented at the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) 2016 National Conference & Exhibition in San Francisco on Oct. 22. The study analyzed data from the 2015 Social Climate Survey of Tobacco Control. Of the 3,070 adults responding to this survey, 68 percent said e-cigarette use was not allowed inside their homes, and 77 percent prohibit use in the car. Most (84 percent) also said they believe that e-cigarette use should not be allowed in places that prohibit , and that it is not acceptable for parents to use e-cigarettes in front of children (74 percent).

However, according to abstract author Robert McMillen, PhD, an associate professor of psychology at Mississippi State University, many adults were uncertain about the potential harms of e-cigarettes. While more than a third of adults (37 percent) believe that exhaled e-cigarette vapor contains nicotine, and that using e-cigarettes indoors deposits nicotine on surfaces (37 percent), more than half 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 percent) as said "don't know" (46 percent).

Further analysis showed that smokers, e-cigarette users, males, and younger adults between the ages of 18 and 24, adults with lower levels of education, and adults without children in the household were less likely to have household rules against e-cigarette use, and less likely to support use restrictions. Smokers, e-cigarette users, and adults with lower levels of education tended to be less likely to believe that these products posed harms for children, while older adults and adults with children in the household tended to have higher levels of uncertainty about potential harms.

McMillen said 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.

"E-cigarettes primarily emit a toxic aerosol, not harmless water vapor. Unfortunately, many parents are unaware of the risk that exposure poses for their children and do not implement household rules to protect their children," Dr. McMillen said.

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More information: McMillen will present the abstract, "Household rules about e-cigarette use and beliefs about harms to children," at 4 p.m. PT on Saturday, Oct. 22 in Moscone West room Room 2022/2024.
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Oct 21, 2016
This story is a complete sham. Two University studies in England and one University study in New England have documentation that states the exhaled vapor contains less than 5% of Vegetable Glycerin or PG in dionized water and 0% nicotine. If there were any traces of nicotine left in the vapor, it would be less than you would find in one potato. These people have an agenda and that is the extent of their knowledge.

Oct 21, 2016
typical medex posting. and total bullspit. even IF true ( it is not, or barely true ) the amounts are miniscule to the point they would be at levels that are even acceptable in food products. secondly, nicotine in ITSELF is NOT harmful. if fact there are many studies showing nicotine may be a helpful substance to many people. everyone talks about the nicotine in cigs, but that IS NOT what kills you. it is all the other sht that can kill you. what a low information site they have here sometimes.

Oct 21, 2016
So you're saying all the juices I make myself that contain only PG/VG are leaving nicotine on my walls even though I don't add nicotine to the juice? REALLY?

MedicalXpress and ScienceXpress journalists sure have fallen a long way down the stupid ladder in recent years.

Trying hiring writers and editors with more than a D- gpa who can produce intelligent content and I'll start donating again.

Oct 21, 2016
Please immediately ban potatoes, broccoli, cauliflower, peppers, et al, because surely a child ingests more nicotine from a single serving of these evil vegetables and tubers than they do from casual contact with surfaces in a house where someone has been vaping.

Oct 21, 2016
Stop the lies and smears; you have already been exposed!


Oct 21, 2016
"E-cigarettes primarily emit a toxic aerosol..."

Which toxic aerosol is that Doc? Is there any evidence whatsoever that there are "toxic" levels of ANYTHING in the exhaled vapor? It would seem rather unethical for a scientist to make such a claim as "fact" without any evidence. Especially when the claim is about a technology with the potential to extend the lives of a billion people who will die due to smoking related illness in the next century.

Oct 21, 2016
FACT: E-cigarette use does not deposit nicotine on indoor surfaces. This educational comment has been brought to you by THE GREAT JAMES MABRY.

Oct 22, 2016
Stop it already !!! Ya'll lost this war when you let the AGW frauds take over, who cares about nicotine when everyone dies in the next century ???

Idiots, one and all !!!

Oct 22, 2016
Most of the surveyors don't know that e-cigarette users don't care.

Oct 23, 2016
I am waiting for an article where the scientists claim even 1 part per billion of H2O may be harmful based on someone being struck on the head by a 100kg block of ice.

Oct 24, 2016
What are all the commentors complaining about? This paper simply puts out information that many people were unaware of (thinking that a switch from regular to e-cigarrettes automatically reduces all second-hand effects of smoking to zero) so that they can make informed decisions.

Many parents do not want to harm their children.

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