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Tuesday, April 13 • 10:50am - 12:05pm
Vaping Habits of College Students

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Although the first electronic cigarette-like device was patented in the 1930s, the electronic nicotine delivery systems (ENDS) seen today did not penetrate the US market until 2006. Before the emergence of ENDS, nicotine use had plummeted, but the invention and popularization of vapes caused its nationwide resurgence. While ENDS were originally purposed to help smokers quit cigarettes and eventually nicotine altogether, a troubling demographic of vape users is Gen Z, or those born between 1995-2015; currently, most studies focus on middle school and high school students. We developed a survey to uncover student opinions on vaping, as well as to quantify the frequency of vaping at the college level. In 2020, we recruited Millersville University students to complete the survey. Out of all responses (n=569), 41% of students have vaped, with 24% of all participants being active vapers. Additionally, we asked all respondents, regardless of vaping habit, if they would be less likely to vape if presented with information regarding the effects of vaping. We discovered, if presented with that information, those who do not vape are much more likely to not vape in the future (78%; n=435) than those who actively vape (40%; n=134). The data from this survey suggest that students must be educated on vaping, and educated before they start vaping, in order for them to make informed decisions on the effects of vaping on their bodies.


Olivia Medina

Biology (BS)

Tuesday April 13, 2021 10:50am - 12:05pm EDT
Live Zoom Presentation