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J Am Coll Health. 2013;61(3):149-55. doi: 10.1080/07448481.2013.776052.

Use and perception of electronic cigarettes among college students.

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a Department of Journalism and Technical Communication , Colorado State University , Fort Collins , Colorado.

Abstract

OBJECTIVE:

This study provides insight into how electronic cigarettes (e-cigarettes) may affect the social normative environment for tobacco use among college students.

PARTICIPANTS:

Participants were 244 freshman and sophomore students.

METHODS:

Students completed an online self-report survey in April 2011.

RESULTS:

There is a higher acceptance rate of e-cigarette smoking in public than traditional tobacco. For intention to use an e-cigarette, the strongest predictor is current tobacco use, followed by a positive orientation toward public use of e-cigarettes. Positive orientation toward public use of e-cigarettes is significantly predicted by the use of alternate tobacco, intention to use or try e-cigarettes, positive orientation toward public use of tobacco, positive attitude toward e-cigarettes, positive perception of social norms for use of e-cigarettes, and favorable orientation toward e-cigarettes as an innovation.

CONCLUSIONS:

These models suggest attitudinal, social normative, innovation, and behavioral factors may combine to bring the e-cigarette into wider use among college students.

KEYWORDS:

attitudes; diffusion of innovations; electronic cigarettes; smoking laws; social norms

PMID:
25158012
PMCID:
PMC4147677
DOI:
10.1080/07448481.2013.776052
[Indexed for MEDLINE]
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