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Health Behav Policy Rev. 2018 Jul;5(4):72-82. doi: 10.14485/HBPR.5.4.8.

School Policy, Administrator Perceptions, and Student E-cigarette Use.

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1
Postdoctoral Research Fellow, University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston, School of Public Health, Austin Campus, Austin,TX.
2
University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston, School of Public Health, Austin Campus, Austin, TX.
3
University of Texas at Austin, Austin, TX.

Abstract

Objective:

In this study, we investigated the relationship between school e-cigarette policy and e-cigarette use among students. Secondarily, we examined whether this relationship varied by administrator perceptions about e-cigarette use being "an issue."

Methods:

Data were utilized from written school policies, a school tobacco surveillance study of 2755 students (N = 310,412), and administrator interviews in 54 Texas schools.

Results:

When administrators perceived e-cigarettes as an issue, the odds of ever e-cigarette use, susceptibility to use e-cigarettes, and perceived peer use of e-cigarettes were 0.20-0.54 times lower for students attending schools that had an e-cigarette policy compared to those without a policy (p < .05).

Conclusion:

The impact of school policies on student e-cigarette use behavior is positive if policies are strongly implemented.

KEYWORDS:

adolescent health; e-cigarettes; school administrators; school health policy; school tobacco use

PMID:
30854404
PMCID:
PMC6400481
[Available on 2019-07-01]
DOI:
10.14485/HBPR.5.4.8

Conflict of interest statement

Conflict of Interest Disclosure Statement All authors of this article declare they have no conflicts of interest.

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