(HealthDay News) – Adults are concerned about electronic cigarette (e-cigarette) use among children and express widespread support for regulation of e-cigarettes, according to a report published Dec. 18 by the C.S. Mott Children’s Hospital.
Researchers from GfK Custom Research conducted a nationally representative household survey of a randomly selected, stratified group of 2,124 adults (aged 18 years and older) in November 2013 to examine opinions regarding e-cigarette use and possible regulations.
The researchers found that 44% of adults believe that e-cigarettes will encourage children to use tobacco products, and nearly half of parents (48%) are concerned their child will try e-cigarettes. Most adults believe manufacturers should be required to test e-cigarettes for safety (88%) and believe that e-cigarette sales should be prohibited to minors (86%). Sixty-five percent of respondents think e-cigarettes should have health warnings like tobacco cigarettes and other tobacco-containing products.
“E-cigarettes are a relatively new product, with little information about safety or long-term health effects,” Matthew M. Davis, M.D., director of the C.S. Mott Children’s Hospital National Poll on Children’s Health, said in a statement. “However, the public is clearly aware of the devices and concerned about their impact, according to this month’s poll results.”