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Am J Health Behav. 2015 May;39(3):421-32. doi: 10.5993/AJHB.39.3.14.

Conditional risk assessment of adolescents' electronic cigarette perceptions.

Author information

1
University of California San Francisco, San Francisco, CA, USA. benjamin.chaffee@ucsf.edu.
2
University of California San Francisco, San Francisco, CA, USA.
3
Stanford University, Stanford, CA, USA.

Abstract

OBJECTIVES:

To adapt an established instrument for measuring adolescents' cigarette-related perceptions for new application with electronic cigarettes (e-cigarettes).

METHODS:

In this exploratory study, 104 male high school students (40% tobacco ever-users) estimated the probability of potential e-cigarette risks (eg, lung cancer) or benefits (eg, look cool). We calculated associations between risk/benefit composite scores, ever-use, and use intention for e-cigarettes, and analogously, for combustible cigarettes.

RESULTS:

E-cigarette ever-use was associated with lower perceived risks, with adjusted differences versus never-users greater for e-cigarettes than for cigarettes. Risk composite score was inversely associated, and benefit score positively associated, with e-cigarette ever-use and use intention.

CONCLUSION:

Conditional risk assessment characterized adolescents' perceived e-cigarette risk/benefit profile, with potential utility for risk-perception measurement in future studies.

PMID:
25741686
PMCID:
PMC4351787
DOI:
10.5993/AJHB.39.3.14
[Indexed for MEDLINE]
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