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J Am Coll Health. 2019 May-Jun;67(4):338-347. doi: 10.1080/07448481.2018.1481075. Epub 2018 Oct 5.

Measuring characteristics of e-cigarette consumption among college students.

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a Department of Applied Health Science , School of Public Health, Indiana University , Bloomington , IN , USA.
b Center for Tobacco Research & Intervention, University of Wisconsin , Madison , WI , USA.
c Department of Health Behavior and Biological Sciences , University of Michigan , Ann Arbor , MI , USA.


Objective: E-cigarette use among college students has increased drastically in recent years. This study aims to inform development of a comprehensive measure of e-cigarette consumption for this population. Participants and Methods: This mixed-method study collected both quantitative and qualitative data from a sample of 43 experienced e-cigarette users from two college campuses, using a self-reported questionnaire and a semi-structured interview, in March-September of 2017. Results: College student users found some of the consumption questions in national surveys difficult to answer. Switching nicotine levels, mixing flavors, co-using with alcohol and marijuana, using with others who were vaping or drinking, and vaping in a car or indoor space were all common. The participants defined "regular user" based on ownership of a device rather than on quantity/frequency. Conclusions: A comprehensive e-cigarette consumption measure should cover the complex characteristics that are potentially associated with negative health consequences such as flavorings, co-use and social contexts.


College students; co-use; e-cigarette consumption; flavoring; marijuana; measurement

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