College students’ perceptions of vaping and vaping policy

Christine Cardinal, Kendra Ratnapradipa, Dhitinut Ratnapradipa, Seth Griffith

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Abstract

Objective: In this study, we examined college students’ opinions and behaviors related to vaping. Methods: We conducted a cross-sectional Qualtrics survey of undergraduate students in spring and fall of 2019. Links were distributed via email and course links. Categorical responses to policy questions were compared by semester of survey administration using chi-square analysis and binary logistic regression modeling. Results: Overall, 81.6% of students believed vaping was a public health concern, and 51.7% believed more restrictive laws were needed; although 34% indicated they needed more information. Semester was significantly associated with all policy opinions, with higher affirmative responses in the fall versus spring. Women and students aged 22-25 (vs 18-21) had higher odds of believing more restrictive vaping laws are needed. Conclusion: There is a paucity of information regarding student perceptions of vaping regulations and laws. More communication and education related to vaping policies are both needed to increase knowledge and perceptions of vaping and to prevent youth and young adult vaping related morbidity and mortality rate increases. Collaboration between researchers and academic administrative officials can help to ensure the development and enforcement of evidencebased policy that better identifies policy deficits and improves future outcomes.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)397-406
Number of pages10
JournalHealth Behavior and Policy Review
Volume7
Issue number5
DOIs
StatePublished - Oct 1 2020

Keywords

  • College student health
  • Electronic nicotine delivery systems (ENDS)
  • Health policy
  • Tobacco control
  • Vaping

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Health Policy
  • Public Health, Environmental and Occupational Health
  • Health(social science)

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