PCD News Summary for November 10, 2020

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Statewide Prevalence of Smoke-Free and Vape-Free Homes, by Tobacco Product Use, Minnesota, 2018

A new study of Minnesota adults found that most adults who use e-cigarettes, including those who live with children, allow e-cigarette use in their homes and are potentially exposing others to secondhand aerosol. Researchers analyzed data from the Minnesota Adult Tobacco Survey (MATS), a series of cross-sectional, random-digit–dial telephone surveys on smoking, vaping, and other tobacco-related behaviors, attitudes, and beliefs among Minnesota adults. MATS measured voluntary smoke-free rules in the home in 2014 and 2018 and vape-free rules in 2018. The prevalence of smoke-free home rules among Minnesota adults in 2018 was 91.5%, up slightly from 89.3% in 2014, and a substantial increase from 64.5% in 1999 (15). As smoke-free home rules approach universal adoption, persistent disparities in the prevalence of smoke-free home rules are beginning to disappear. In 2018, although older and lower-income adults continued to be less likely to report smoke-free rules than younger or higher-income adults, men and women and adults with varying levels of education were equally likely to report rules against smoking in the home. Although widespread adoption of voluntary smoke-free and vape-free home rules demonstrates a positive change in social norms, most e-cigarette users allow vaping in their homes, including those who live with children younger than 18. Tracking voluntary smoke-free and vape-free home rules and efforts to encourage them are important to improve the public’s health.

Melissa Newton
Idoneous Consulting
Preventing Chronic Disease (PCD)
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention


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