U.S. Adult Attitudes About Electronic Vapor Product Use in Indoor Public Places

Am J Prev Med. 2019 Jan;56(1):134-140. doi: 10.1016/j.amepre.2018.08.022. Epub 2018 Nov 19.


Introduction: The U.S. Surgeon General has concluded that aerosol from electronic vapor products, such as e-cigarettes, can contain harmful and potentially harmful constituents. This study assessed the prevalence and determinants of U.S. adult attitudes toward electronic vapor product use in indoor public places.

Methods: Data from 2017 Summer Styles, an Internet survey of U.S. adults aged ≥18 years (n = 4,107) were analyzed in 2017. Respondents were asked, Do you favor or oppose allowing the use of electronic vapor products in indoor public places such as workplaces, restaurants, and bars? Responses were strongly favor, somewhat favor, somewhat oppose, and strongly oppose. Multivariate Poisson regression was used to determine sociodemographic correlates of opposition (somewhat or strongly).

Results: In 2017, a total of 82.4% of adults strongly or somewhat opposed the use of electronic vapor products in indoor public places, including 28.0% of current (past 30-day) electronic vapor product users and 52.7% of current cigarette smokers. After adjustment, opposition was significantly lower among current and former electronic vapor product users than never users, current cigarette smokers than never smokers, and people living with tobacco product users. Opposition was significantly higher among adults aged ≥45 years than those aged 18-24 years and among adults who had rules prohibiting electronic vapor product use in their vehicles or homes than those without such rules.

Conclusions: Approximately eight in ten U.S. adults, including more than one quarter of electronic vapor product users, opposed electronic vapor product use in indoor public places. Prohibiting electronic vapor product use in indoor public areas can protect bystanders from the health risks of secondhand electronic vapor product aerosol exposure.

MeSH terms

  • Adolescent
  • Adult
  • Age Factors
  • Aged
  • Air Pollution, Indoor / prevention & control*
  • Electronic Nicotine Delivery Systems*
  • Female
  • Humans
  • Male
  • Middle Aged
  • Public Opinion
  • Surveys and Questionnaires
  • Tobacco Smoke Pollution / prevention & control*
  • United States
  • Vaping / prevention & control*
  • Young Adult


  • Tobacco Smoke Pollution