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Tob Control. 2019 Jan;28(1):20-26. doi: 10.1136/tobaccocontrol-2017-054156. Epub 2018 Mar 23.

Vape Factor Fast Find-Adult (VF3-A): a prototype survey method for recording brand-specific vaping factors in adult populations.

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1
Epidemiology Department, Boston University School of Public Health, Boston, Massachusetts, USA.
2
Department of Community Health Sciences, Boston University School of Public Health, Boston, Massachusetts, USA.

Abstract

BACKGROUND:

In population studies, vaping is often treated as a dichotomous exposure (present/absent) without consideration of specific vaping devices and materials being used. A survey instrument is needed to record specific vaping devices and materials.

METHODS:

We developed a database of 613 vaping device models and 3196 vaping liquid products, indexed by device brand, device type, liquid brand, liquid name and liquid flavour type. We developed a survey instrument to allow participants to report their vaping device and liquid from the indexed lists. The survey was pilot tested with a convenience sample of 208 adults (≥age 21). We validated the vaping device and liquid responses with a recontact survey. We report the proportion of respondents finding their products, characteristics of people finding their products and survey response times.

RESULTS:

Devices used most frequently in the past 30 days were electronic cigarettes (33% of respondents), vaping pens (28%) and vaping mods (16%). Fifty-seven per cent used liquids containing nicotine most frequently in the past 30 days, followed by liquids without nicotine (20%) and marijuana or hashish (10%). Most (85%) participants found their vaping device successfully (median 19.7 s) and 74% found their vaping liquid (median 19.8 s). Females and older adults were less likely to find their devices and liquids. Responses were validated for 91% and 76% of devices and e-liquids, respectively.

CONCLUSIONS:

This study demonstrated the feasibility of an internet-based survey instrument to record specific vaping factors for use in studies of vaping and health.

KEYWORDS:

electronic nicotine delivery devices; non-cigarette tobacco products; surveillance and monitoring

Conflict of interest statement

Competing interests: None declared.

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