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Kowitt, Sarah D.; Goldstein, Adam O.; Schmidt, Allison M.; Hall, Marissa G.; & Brewer, Noel T. (2017). Attitudes Toward FDA Regulation of Newly Deemed Tobacco Products. Tobacco Regulatory Science, 3(4), 504-515. PMCID: PMC5810966


OBJECTIVE: To examine how smokers perceive FDA oversight of e-cigarettes, hookah, and cigars.
METHODS: Current US smokers (N = 1,520) participating in a randomized clinical trial of pictorial cigarette pack warnings completed a survey that included questions about attitudes toward new FDA regulations covering newly deemed tobacco products (ie, regulation of e-cigarettes, nicotine gels or liquids used in e-cigarettes, hookah, and cigars).
RESULTS: Between 47% and 56% of current smokers viewed these new FDA regulations favorably and between 17% - 24% opposed them. Favorable attitudes toward the regulations were more common among smokers with higher quit intentions (adjusted odds ratio (aOR): 1.17, 95% CI: 1.02, 1.33) and more negative beliefs about smokers (aOR: 1.18, 95% CI: 1.05, 1.33). Participants with higher education, higher income, and previous exposure to e-cigarette advertisements had higher odds of expressing positive attitudes toward the new FDA regulations (p < .05).
CONCLUSIONS: Almost half of current smokers viewed FDA regulation of newly deemed tobacco products favorably. Local and state policy-makers and tobacco control advocates can build on this support to enact and strengthen tobacco control provisions for e-cigarettes, cigars, and hookah.


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Tobacco Regulatory Science


Kowitt, Sarah D.
Goldstein, Adam O.
Schmidt, Allison M.
Hall, Marissa G.
Brewer, Noel T.