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Data Brief: Chicago Parents' Attitudes about Youth Vaping

Voices Data Brief

86% of Chicago parents think state or city government should create policy to prevent youth vaping

In a survey conducted by Voices of Child Health in Chicago at Ann & Robert H. Children’s Hospital, 1,642 Chicago parents from all 77 community areas in the City of Chicago were asked about their attitudes on policy to prevent youth vaping. Specifically, parents were asked:

“Do you think the state or city government should create policy to help prevent youth vaping or e-cigarette use?”

Overall, 86% of Chicago parents answered “yes” – they think the state or city government should create policy to prevent youth vaping. Only 8% of Chicago parents said they did not think the government should create policy to prevent youth vaping and 6% said they were not sure.

Support for youth vaping prevention policy was consistent across race and ethnicity: 86% of Black Non-Latinx, 87% of Latinx, 85% of White Non-Latinx, and 83% of other/multi-race parents think that state or local government should create policy to prevent youth vaping.

Support was also similar for parents with children of various ages: 88% of parents with only older children (11-17 years old), 83% of parents with only younger children (0-5 years old), and 85% of parents with both older and younger children believe that state or local government should create policy to prevent youth vaping.

Mothers were somewhat more likely to say they think the government should create policy to prevent youth vaping (89%) than fathers (82%).

Voices of Child Health in Chicago is a non-partisan, community-engaged research initiative of Ann & Robert H. Lurie Children’s Hospital of Chicago. A goal of Voices of Child Health in Chicago is to elevate parents’ perspectives regarding policy issues that affect the health of youth in our city. For more information, contact Marie Heffernan, PhD (mheffernan@luriechildrens.org), who serves as Associate Director, or go to https://www.luriechildrens.org/en/voices-of-child-health-in-chicago/.

Download the Data Brief here