Table 1

VAPES MSAs and data regarding vape shop activity during COVID-19 related non-essential business closures, n=156

MSA, tateTotal
n (%)*
Permanently closed
n (%)
Temporarily closed
n (%)
Pick-up only
n (%)
Home delivery only
n (%)
Pick-up/
home delivery
n (%)
Open as usual
n (%)
All MSAs156 (100.0)18 (11.5)6 (3.8)41 (26.3)2 (1.3)6 (3.8)83 (53.2)
Boston, Massachusetts22 (14.1)5 (22.7)5 (22.7)4 (18.2)01 (4.5)7 (31.8)
Minneapolis-St. Paul, Minnesota55 (35.3)5 (9.1)033 (60.0)2 (3.6)3 (5.5)12 (21.8)
Oklahoma City, Oklahoma24 (15.4)003 (12.5)02 (8.3)19 (79.2)
San Diego, California12 (7.7)0000012 (100.0)
Seattle, Washington43 (27.6)8 (18.6)1 (2.3)1 (2.3)0033 (76.7)
Phone verified82 (52.6)16 (19.5)2 (2.4)22 (26.8)2 (2.4)2 (2.4)38 (46.3)
Website verified74 (47.4)2 (2.7)4 (5.4)19 (25.7)04 (5.4)45 (60.8)
  • This sample of 156 vape shops resided across 86 local jurisdictions (Boston: 11; Minneapolis-St. Paul: 40; Oklahoma City: 9; San Diego: 8; and Seattle: 18).

  • *Indicates column %; all others are row %. Atlanta, Georgia excluded (see Methods).

  • MSAs, metropolitan statistical areas; VAPES, Vape shop Advertising, Place characteristics and Effects Surveillance.