Notes From the Field: Vape Shop Business Operations Compliance in the Wake of COVID-19. Medel, D.; Meza, L.; Galimov, A.; Baezconde-Garbanati, L.; and Sussman, S. Evaluation & the Health Professions, 43(2):135–137, June, 2020.
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The novel 2019 Coronavirus Disease (COVID-19) pandemic has led to the closing of all but essential businesses in California. However, several nonessential businesses have remained open in Southern California despite the mandated “stay at home” order issued by the governor. As part of an ongoing vape shop project involving 88 participating shops, this study investigated the number of vape shops that remained open amidst the coronavirus outbreak and related mandates. Examination of shop social media websites and telephone calls to shops revealed that 61.4% (n ¼ 54) have remained open, particularly within Korean/Asian and Hispanic/Latino ethnic locations (32 of the 54 shops). Importantly, walk-in service was much higher within Hispanic/Latino locations compared to African American, Korean/Asian, or non-Hispanic White neighborhoods (p ¼ 0.03). It is not known if shops that stayed open were in direct violation of the order, didn’t know all the details of the order, or found a loophole in the order and believed that they were an essential business. Better communication between the vape shop industry and public health officials during this pandemic is needed.
@article{medel_notes_2020,
	title = {Notes {From} the {Field}: {Vape} {Shop} {Business} {Operations} {Compliance} in the {Wake} of {COVID}-19},
	volume = {43},
	issn = {0163-2787, 1552-3918},
	shorttitle = {Notes {From} the {Field}},
	url = {http://journals.sagepub.com/doi/10.1177/0163278720923224},
	doi = {10.1177/0163278720923224},
	abstract = {The novel 2019 Coronavirus Disease (COVID-19) pandemic has led to the closing of all but essential businesses in California. However, several nonessential businesses have remained open in Southern California despite the mandated “stay at home” order issued by the governor. As part of an ongoing vape shop project involving 88 participating shops, this study investigated the number of vape shops that remained open amidst the coronavirus outbreak and related mandates. Examination of shop social media websites and telephone calls to shops revealed that 61.4\% (n ¼ 54) have remained open, particularly within Korean/Asian and Hispanic/Latino ethnic locations (32 of the 54 shops). Importantly, walk-in service was much higher within Hispanic/Latino locations compared to African American, Korean/Asian, or non-Hispanic White neighborhoods (p ¼ 0.03). It is not known if shops that stayed open were in direct violation of the order, didn’t know all the details of the order, or found a loophole in the order and believed that they were an essential business. Better communication between the vape shop industry and public health officials during this pandemic is needed.},
	language = {en},
	number = {2},
	urldate = {2020-05-21},
	journal = {Evaluation \& the Health Professions},
	author = {Medel, Donna and Meza, Leah and Galimov, Artur and Baezconde-Garbanati, Lourdes and Sussman, Steve},
	month = jun,
	year = {2020},
	pages = {135--137}
}
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