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Perceptions of vape product restrictions among adult vapers
  1. Melody Kingsley,
  2. Glory Song,
  3. Patricia Henley,
  4. W W Sanouri Ursprung
  1. Office of Statistics and Evaluation, Massachusetts Department of Public Health, Boston, Massachusetts, USA
  1. Correspondence to Ms Melody Kingsley, Massachusetts Department of Public Health, Boston 02108, MA, USA; Melody.Kingsley{at}

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States and localities are considering legislation to counter the youth vaping epidemic.1 Since availability is linked to exposure and use, policies that reduce tobacco and vape product availability may reduce youth tobacco exposure and use.2–8 However, limited research exists on how these policies may impact adult vape users. One argument against these policies is adults who vape to reduce cigarette use will be unable to readily access these products.

This study assessed Massachusetts’ adult vapers’ attitudes towards a policy that restricts sales of vape products to adult-only stores, including how this policy may impact their ability to access vapes.


In June 2019, the Massachusetts Tobacco Cessation and Prevention Program collaborated with Market Street Research (MSR) to design and administer an online panel survey to adult vapers.9 Inclusion criteria included: Massachusetts resident, at least 21 years of age, vape …

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  • Correction notice This article has been corrected since it first published. The provenance and peer review statement has been included.

  • Contributors MK led survey development, manuscript development and writing. GS, PH and WWSU assisted in study design and survey development. All authors contributed ideas and reviewed the manuscript.

  • Funding The authors have not declared a specific grant for this research from any funding agency in the public, commercial or not-for-profit sectors.

  • Competing interests None declared.

  • Provenance and peer review Not commissioned; externally peer reviewed.