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Table 2 Opinions related to the regulation of e-cigarettes stratified by smoking status and e-cigarette use status

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

Statement Smoking status E-cigarette use status
Smokers Former smokers Never smokers User Non-user
n = 272 n = 316 n = 519 n = 104 n = 1012
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 3.15 (1.11) 34a, c 23 3.27 (1.03) 39a 20 3.26 (1.15) 37a 19 3.24 (1.14) 40a 24 3.24 (1.10) 36a 20
 Treat like prescription medicines 2.56 (1.09) 15a, c 40 2.60 (0.97) 13a 35 2.68 (1.10) 17a 33 2.93* (1.28) 35 35 2.59 (1.02) 13a 35
 Prohibit supply of nicotine e-cigarettes 2.75bc (1.06) 16a, c 33 2.98 (0.96) 21 21 3.12 (1.06) 25a 17 3.08 (1.12) 35 28 2.97 (1.03) 20 22
 Prohibit supply of non-nicotine e-cigarettes 2.71 (1.07) 14a, c 32 2.68 (0.92) 12a 33 2.76 (1.01) 14a 25 3.03* (1.24) 35 32 2.68 (0.96) 11a 29
 Only sold in pharmacies 2.78c (1.10) 20a, c 33 2.90 (0.97) 22 25 2.99 (1.12) 26 23 3.26** (1.23) 44a 26 2.87 (1.04) 21a 26
Non-restrictive policies
 Available as an over the counter purchase at regular shops 3.29bc (1.10) 40a, c 19 2.99c (1.02) 27 25 2.57 (1.10) 15a 35 3.54*** (1.09) 51a 14 2.80 (1.09) 22a 30
Should be able to use in smoke-free places 3.35bc (1.45) 34 31 2.87c (1.55) 21a 47 2.46 (1.54) 12a 57 3.23*** (1.29) 48 32 2.36 (1.18) 17a 50
  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; bSignificantly different to former smokers; cSignificantly different to never smokers
  3. *Significantly different from non-users at p < .05; **Significantly different from non-users at p < .01; ***Significantly different from non-users at p < .001