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Vape Shop Employees: Do They Act as Smoking Cessation Counselors?
Nicotine Tob Res. 2021 03 19; 23(4):756-759.NT

Abstract

INTRODUCTION

This study examined smoking cessation advice offered by vape shop employees, as well as their perceived awareness of vaping research.

AIMS AND METHODS

This cross-sectional study was conducted in 121 vape shops in the Greater Los Angeles area of Southern California in four multiethnic communities (Hispanic/Latino, African American, Korean/Asian, and non-Hispanic White). A 35-minute interview assessed the employee's tobacco product use, perceptions of vaping research, and experience advising customers to quit cigarette smoking.

RESULTS

Among 121 vape shop employees surveyed, 106 (88%) reported that they provided smoking cessation advice or counseling to customers. Nearly half (45%) reported having no vaping-related research knowledge, while 30% were aware of provaping studies only. Approximately 85% of employees had quit cigarettes by switching to e-cigarettes instead, whereas 15% were dual users. Only 49% believed that vaping products contribute to nicotine addiction among youth. Those who provided advice on quitting cigarette smoking reported significantly lower knowledge of e-cigarette research than those who did not provide advice (p < .01).

CONCLUSIONS

Most vape shop employees provide advice to customers who desire to quit cigarette smoking and initiate electronic cigarette use. However, they report a low level of awareness about e-cigarette research. Future research is warranted to examine the specifics of advice provided by vape shop employees. Training programs for vape shop employees and educational campaigns about evidence-based scientific findings on vaping may be beneficial.

IMPLICATIONS

Almost nine out of 10 surveyed vape shop employees offered cigarette smoking cessation advice to their customers, while almost half of the retailers report not being aware of any vaping-related research studies. Providing employees with training on evidence-based cessation advice could help protect customers. Also, training programs for vape shop employees and educational campaigns about the risk of nicotine addiction could potentially increase their motivation to avoid sales to minors and to warn adults about nicotine addiction.

Authors+Show Affiliations

Institute for Health Promotion and Disease Prevention Research, Department of Preventive Medicine, Keck School of Medicine, University of Southern California, Los Angeles, CA.Institute for Health Promotion and Disease Prevention Research, Department of Preventive Medicine, Keck School of Medicine, University of Southern California, Los Angeles, CA.Institute for Health Promotion and Disease Prevention Research, Department of Preventive Medicine, Keck School of Medicine, University of Southern California, Los Angeles, CA.Institute for Health Promotion and Disease Prevention Research, Department of Preventive Medicine, Keck School of Medicine, University of Southern California, Los Angeles, CA.Institute for Health Promotion and Disease Prevention Research, Department of Preventive Medicine, Keck School of Medicine, University of Southern California, Los Angeles, CA.Institute for Health Promotion and Disease Prevention Research, Department of Preventive Medicine, Keck School of Medicine, University of Southern California, Los Angeles, CA. Department of Psychology, University of Southern California, Los Angeles, CA. School of Social Work, University of Southern California, Los Angeles, CA.

Pub Type(s)

Journal Article
Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't

Language

eng

PubMed ID

33094337

Citation

Galimov, Artur, et al. "Vape Shop Employees: Do They Act as Smoking Cessation Counselors?" Nicotine & Tobacco Research : Official Journal of the Society for Research On Nicotine and Tobacco, vol. 23, no. 4, 2021, pp. 756-759.
Galimov A, Meza L, Unger JB, et al. Vape Shop Employees: Do They Act as Smoking Cessation Counselors? Nicotine Tob Res. 2021;23(4):756-759.
Galimov, A., Meza, L., Unger, J. B., Baezconde-Garbanati, L., Cruz, T. B., & Sussman, S. (2021). Vape Shop Employees: Do They Act as Smoking Cessation Counselors? Nicotine & Tobacco Research : Official Journal of the Society for Research On Nicotine and Tobacco, 23(4), 756-759. https://doi.org/10.1093/ntr/ntaa218
Galimov A, et al. Vape Shop Employees: Do They Act as Smoking Cessation Counselors. Nicotine Tob Res. 2021 03 19;23(4):756-759. PubMed PMID: 33094337.
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TY - JOUR T1 - Vape Shop Employees: Do They Act as Smoking Cessation Counselors? AU - Galimov,Artur, AU - Meza,Leah, AU - Unger,Jennifer B, AU - Baezconde-Garbanati,Lourdes, AU - Cruz,Tess Boley, AU - Sussman,Steve, PY - 2020/05/04/received PY - 2020/10/19/accepted PY - 2020/10/24/pubmed PY - 2021/5/11/medline PY - 2020/10/23/entrez SP - 756 EP - 759 JF - Nicotine & tobacco research : official journal of the Society for Research on Nicotine and Tobacco JO - Nicotine Tob Res VL - 23 IS - 4 N2 - INTRODUCTION: This study examined smoking cessation advice offered by vape shop employees, as well as their perceived awareness of vaping research. AIMS AND METHODS: This cross-sectional study was conducted in 121 vape shops in the Greater Los Angeles area of Southern California in four multiethnic communities (Hispanic/Latino, African American, Korean/Asian, and non-Hispanic White). A 35-minute interview assessed the employee's tobacco product use, perceptions of vaping research, and experience advising customers to quit cigarette smoking. RESULTS: Among 121 vape shop employees surveyed, 106 (88%) reported that they provided smoking cessation advice or counseling to customers. Nearly half (45%) reported having no vaping-related research knowledge, while 30% were aware of provaping studies only. Approximately 85% of employees had quit cigarettes by switching to e-cigarettes instead, whereas 15% were dual users. Only 49% believed that vaping products contribute to nicotine addiction among youth. Those who provided advice on quitting cigarette smoking reported significantly lower knowledge of e-cigarette research than those who did not provide advice (p < .01). CONCLUSIONS: Most vape shop employees provide advice to customers who desire to quit cigarette smoking and initiate electronic cigarette use. However, they report a low level of awareness about e-cigarette research. Future research is warranted to examine the specifics of advice provided by vape shop employees. Training programs for vape shop employees and educational campaigns about evidence-based scientific findings on vaping may be beneficial. IMPLICATIONS: Almost nine out of 10 surveyed vape shop employees offered cigarette smoking cessation advice to their customers, while almost half of the retailers report not being aware of any vaping-related research studies. Providing employees with training on evidence-based cessation advice could help protect customers. Also, training programs for vape shop employees and educational campaigns about the risk of nicotine addiction could potentially increase their motivation to avoid sales to minors and to warn adults about nicotine addiction. SN - 1469-994X UR - https://www.unboundmedicine.com/medline/citation/33094337/Vape_Shop_Employees:_Do_They_Act_as_Smoking_Cessation_Counselors L2 - https://academic.oup.com/ntr/article-lookup/doi/10.1093/ntr/ntaa218 DB - PRIME DP - Unbound Medicine ER -