Risks of unregulated exposure to nicotine e-juices in Los Angeles vape shops: An examination of employee and consumer practices
Methods:Data were collected from a pilot study on vape shops (n=78) in Los Angeles which examined different characteristics of the shops through employee interviews and store observations. The data were collected from shops in communities that are predominantly, African-American (n=20), Hispanic (n=17), Korean (n=18), or non-Hispanic White (n=23).
Results:Half of the vape shops surveyed allowed customers to sample e-juices with nicotine. The number of shops that allowed the customer to mix e-juices containing nicotine were significantly more likely to be in African-American communities (Fisher’s:p<0.01). While 64% of the shops provided safety equipment only 34% provided equipment for nicotine handling. Furthermore, 62% of the shops reported handling nicotine without gloves or other equipment.
Conclusions: Regulation on the handling of nicotine by both the consumer and vape shop employees is important to prevent unsafe practices. Policies are also needed to reduce the ease of access to nicotine products to prevent further addiction or cessation relapse.
Learning Areas:Occupational health and safety
Public health or related laws, regulations, standards, or guidelines
Public health or related public policy
Identify current practices of nicotine e-juice handling in vape shops by employees and consumers. Discuss implications for policy creation in regards to nicotine e-juice handling. Describe the risks of unregulated nicotine e-juice handling in regards to toxic exposure and nicotine addiction.
Keyword(s): Tobacco Control, Occupational Health and Safety
Qualified on the content I am responsible for because: I am a pre-doctoral trainee in tobacco regulatory sciences. I experience in research addressing health policy and behavior in ethnically diverse communities. I participated in many federally funded projects addressing tobacco policy and behavior, community based approaches to policy and behavioral change.
Any relevant financial relationships? No
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