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J Adolesc Health 2020 Aug 1 [Epub ahead of print]

School use and normative perceptions of electronic nicotine product use among middle and high school students--November 2018.

Alexander JP, Liu ST, Cullen KA, Xiao H, Hammad HT, Silveira ML, Toblin RL

Abstract

PURPOSE: This study examined U.S. middle and high school student observations of electronic nicotine product (ENP) use in and around the school building and students' normative perceptions of use among peers. METHODS: Adolescents and young adult participants enrolled in middle (n = 672) or high school (n = 962) were recruited from an online nationally representative panel and surveyed from November 2 to 15, 2018. They answered questions on observed ENP use in and around the school building as well as perceptions of use among peers. RESULTS: Nearly one in five U.S. middle and high school students believed that at least half of their peers used ENPs. Confirming anecdotal reports, nearly six in 10 reported ever seeing someone use ENPs in or around their school, most often outside the school building and in bathrooms or locker rooms. CONCLUSIONS: The findings of this study underscore the importance of targeted prevention strategies and education efforts to prevent and combat adolescent ENP use in and around schools.


Category: Journal Article
PubMed ID: #32753342 DOI: 10.1016/j.jadohealth.2020.06.035
Includes FDA Authors from Scientific Area(s): Tobacco
Entry Created: 2020-08-09
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