The Role of Knowledge and Risk Beliefs in Adolescent E-Cigarette Use: A Pilot Study
AbstractThe use of e-cigarettes and other vaping devices among adolescents is an urgent public health problem due to the concern about adolescent exposure to nicotine. This study examined: (1) adolescents’ knowledge and beliefs about e-cigarette risks; and (2) whether knowledge and risk beliefs were associated with e-cigarette use. N = 69 adolescents completed a cross-sectional survey about e-cigarette knowledge, attitudes (i.e., risk beliefs), and behavior (KAB). Nearly half (47%) of the sample reported ever using e-cigarettes. The majority of adolescents knew about many of the risks of e-cigarettes, with no differences between never- and ever-users. However, risk beliefs, such as worrying about health risks of using e-cigarettes, varied across groups. Compared to never-users, e-cigarette ever-users were significantly less likely to worry about e-cigarette health risks, less likely to think that e-cigarettes would cause them negative health consequences, and less likely to believe that e-cigarette use would lead to addiction. In a multivariable logistic regression, prior combustible cigarette use, mother’s education, and addiction risk beliefs about e-cigarettes emerged as significant predictors of adolescents’ e-cigarette use. This study reveals that while knowledge is not associated with adolescent e-cigarette use, risk beliefs do predict use. View Full-Text
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Rohde, J.A.; Noar, S.M.; Horvitz, C.; Lazard, A.J.; Cornacchione Ross, J.; Sutfin, E.L. The Role of Knowledge and Risk Beliefs in Adolescent E-Cigarette Use: A Pilot Study. Int. J. Environ. Res. Public Health 2018, 15, 830.
Rohde JA, Noar SM, Horvitz C, Lazard AJ, Cornacchione Ross J, Sutfin EL. The Role of Knowledge and Risk Beliefs in Adolescent E-Cigarette Use: A Pilot Study. International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health. 2018; 15(4):830.Chicago/Turabian Style
Rohde, Jacob A.; Noar, Seth M.; Horvitz, Casey; Lazard, Allison J.; Cornacchione Ross, Jennifer; Sutfin, Erin L. 2018. "The Role of Knowledge and Risk Beliefs in Adolescent E-Cigarette Use: A Pilot Study." Int. J. Environ. Res. Public Health 15, no. 4: 830.
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