Masters Thesis

The differences in electronic cigarette use among college students at a large academic institution in California

There has been an extensive amount of effort to combat tobacco use, yet the emergence of electronic cigarettes threatens to jeopardize the current progress. This study sought to determine statistically significant differences in electronic cigarette use among California State University, Fresno (Fresno State) students with respect to race and ethnicity, gender, age, and combustible cigarette use. According to the Truth Initiative (2018), there are at least 60 chemicals in the electronic liquid used in electronic cigarettes and more chemicals can be found in the aerosol they release. In California, young adults between the ages of 18 to 25 have a higher prevalence of using electronic cigarettes (California Youth Advocacy Network, 2018). Research is needed on the electronic cigarette use among Fresno State college students. This study examined data from the American College Health Association – National College Health Assessment survey conducted in the Spring semester of 2018. The survey was administered to a random sample of 1,492 current Fresno State students. The researcher found statistically significant differences in electronic cigarette use with respect to race and ethnicity, gender, age, and combustible cigarette use.

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