ERIC Number: EJ1126950
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2017
Abstractor: As Provided
College Students' Perceptions of Risk and Addictiveness of E-Cigarettes and Cigarettes
Cooper, Maria; Loukas, Alexandra; Harrell, Melissa B.; Perry, Cheryl L.
Journal of American College Health, v65 n2 p103-111 2017
Background: As conventional cigarette use is declining, electronic cigarette ("e-cigarette") use is rising and is especially high among college students. Few studies examine dual use of e-cigarettes and cigarettes among this population. This study explores the relationship between dual and exclusive e-cigarette / cigarette use and perceptions of harm and addictiveness of both products. Methods: This is a cross-sectional analysis of data from students attending 24 colleges in Texas (n = 5,482). Multinomial logistic regression was employed to test the association between current e-cigarette / cigarette use and perceived harm and addictiveness of both products. Three tobacco groups were included: cigarette only users, e-cigarette only users, and dual users. Results: Dual users reported lower perceived harm of e-cigarettes most consistently (p<0.001, all comparisons). Perceived harm of cigarettes was significantly lower among cigarette only and dual users only, compared to non-users (p<0.001, all comparisons). Compared to non-users, all three groups reported significantly lower perceived addictiveness of e-cigarettes (p<0.001, all comparisons). The same finding was observed for perceived addictiveness of cigarettes, though findings were less consistent for the e-cigarette only group (p<0.02, all comparisons except one). Conclusion: Findings demonstrate that among college students, perceptions of harm and addictiveness of e-cigarettes are lower than those for conventional cigarettes. For both products, perceptions of harm and addictiveness were lower among exclusive and dual users, compared to non-users.
Descriptors: College Students, Smoking, Correlation, Addictive Behavior, Surveys, Knowledge Level, Health Behavior, Statistical Analysis, Student Characteristics, Student Attitudes, Risk
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Higher Education; Postsecondary Education
Sponsor: National Cancer Institute (NCI) (NIH); Food and Drug Administration (FDA) (DHHS/PHS), Center for Tobacco Products (CTP)
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: Texas
Grant or Contract Numbers: 1P50CA180906