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Drug Alcohol Depend. 2016 Aug 1;165:275-8. doi: 10.1016/j.drugalcdep.2016.05.017. Epub 2016 Jun 3.

Self-reported reasons for vaping among 8th, 10th, and 12th graders in the US: Nationally-representative results.

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1
Institute for Social Research, University of Michigan, 426 Thompson Street, Ann Arbor, MI 48106-1248, USA. Electronic address: meganpat@umich.edu.
2
Institute for Social Research, University of Michigan, 426 Thompson Street, Ann Arbor, MI 48106-1248, USA.
3
Institute for Social Research, University of Michigan, 426 Thompson Street, Ann Arbor, MI 48106-1248, USA; Department of Psychology, University of Michigan, 530 Church Street, Ann Arbor, MI 48106-1043, USA.

Abstract

OBJECTIVE:

The study describes the most common reasons for using vaporizers (such as e-cigarettes) among US adolescents and investigates how reasons for use differ by grade, lifetime cigarette use, frequency of vaporizer use, gender, race/ethnicity, and parent education.

METHOD:

Data were collected from 4066 students in the 8th, 10th, and 12th grades in 2015 as part of the Monitoring the Future study, a cross-sectional and nationally representative US survey.

RESULTS:

Common reasons for vaporizer use reported by respondents who had ever used a vaporizer were experimentation (53.0%), taste (37.2%), boredom (23.5%), having a good time (22.4%), and relaxation (21.6%). Reasons differed little across grades or parent education; reasons differed by lifetime use of regular cigarettes, frequency of vaping, gender, and race/ethnicity.

CONCLUSIONS:

Overall, results suggest that decisions to vape are based on curiosity, taste, and pleasure, rather than for reasons such as quitting regular cigarettes or substituting for regular cigarette smoking.

KEYWORDS:

Adolescents; Electronic cigarettes; Reasons; Vaporizers; e-Cigarettes

PMID:
27286951
PMCID:
PMC4939118
DOI:
10.1016/j.drugalcdep.2016.05.017
[Indexed for MEDLINE]
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