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Table 1 Opinions related to the regulation of e-cigarettes in the overall sample and stratified by gender and age

From: Support for e-cigarette regulations among Australian young adults

Statement   Gender Age
Overall Males Females 18–19 year olds 20–25 year olds
N = 1116 n = 459 n = 657 n = 267 n = 849
M (SD) A % D% M (SD) A % D% M (SD) A% D% M (SD) A% D% M (SD) A% D%
Restrictive policies
 Treat like tobacco cigarettes 3.24 (1.10) 37a 20 3.14* (1.16) 35a 24 3.31 (1.06) 38a 18 3.21 (1.09) 35a 21 3.25 (1.11) 37a 20
 Treat like prescription medicines 2.62 (1.06) 15a 35 2.63 (1.11) 18a 38 2.62 (1.02) 13a 33 2.63 (1.03) 15a 37 2.62 (1.07) 15a 35
 Prohibit supply of nicotine e-cigarettes 2.98 (1.04) 21 22 2.95 (1.14) 25 27 3.00 (0.96) 19 19 2.95 (1.03) 20 21 2.99 (1.05) 22 23
 Prohibit supply of non-nicotine e-cigarettes 2.72 (1.00) 13a 29 2.75 (1.11) 19a 32 2.70 (0.91) 9a 28 2.59* (0.93) 9a 30 2.76 (1.02) 15a 29
 Only sold in pharmacies 2.91 (1.07) 23 26 2.95 (1.12) 26 25 2.88 (1.04) 22 27 2.86 (1.09) 23 30 2.93 (1.07) 24 25
Non-restrictive policies
 Available as an over the counter purchase at regular shops 2.88 (1.12) 25 28 2.92 (1.16) 27 29 2.85 (1.08) 23 28 2.77 (1.08) 20a 30 2.91 (1.13) 26 28
 Should be able to use in smoke-free places 2.45 (1.22) 20a 48 2.51 (1.26) 22a 46 2.41 (1.19) 18a 50 2.33 (1.21) 18a 53 2.49 (1.22) 20a 47
  1. A agree, D disagree. Those responding “don’t know” were excluded from the calculation of means but included in the calculation of percentages
  2. aSignificantly different to disagree; *Significantly different from relevant comparison group at p < .05