E-cigarette Retail Licensing Policy and E-cigarette Use Among Adolescents

Sunday Azagba, Lingpeng Shan, Keely Latham

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Purpose: The present study evaluated whether Pennsylvania's 2016 law requiring a retail license for the sale of e-cigarettes was associated with adolescent e-cigarette use. Methods: Data were drawn from the 2015–2017 Youth Risk Behavior Surveillance System. We examined the prepolicy and postpolicy change in e-cigarette use for the state with the retail licensing requirement (Pennsylvania) compared with control states (New York and Virginia). Results: Results showed that e-cigarette licensing policy was significantly associated with e-cigarette use. E-cigarette use among Pennsylvania adolescents reduced by 5.2 percentage points in 2017 when compared with New York adolescents, and a corresponding 21.6% decrease from its baseline prevalence level in 2015. Similarly, there was a 7.4 percentage point decrease in e-cigarette use in Pennsylvania when compared with Virginia (30.7% relative decrease from the baseline prevalence). Conclusions: An e-cigarette retail licensing requirement may be a useful policy tool in reducing e-cigarette use among adolescents.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)123-125
Number of pages3
JournalJournal of Adolescent Health
Issue number1
StatePublished - Jan 2020

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Pediatrics, Perinatology, and Child Health
  • Public Health, Environmental and Occupational Health
  • Psychiatry and Mental health


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