Development of an E-Cigarettes Education and Cessation Program: A South Texas Oral Health Network Study

Rahma Mungia, Kathleen Case, Melissa A. Valerio, Marissa Mendoza, Melanie Taverna, Elisabeth M. de la Rosa, Thi Nguyen, Gianna Saenz, Paula Winkler, Joel Tsevat

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Electronic cigarette (e-cigarette) use, or vaping, among youth and young adults has become a major public health concern. The prevalence of vaping has grown an astounding 900% among high school students from 2011 to 2015, and e-cigarette use among high school students has increased by 78% from 2017 to 2018, largely due to the rise in popularity of the high-dose nicotine product, JUUL. To date, there are few evidence-based e-cigarette cessation programs. To address this need, the South Texas Oral Health Network collaborated with dental practitioners and community members to conduct focus groups assessing knowledge and awareness of e-cigarette use. Based on this feedback, we developed a dental practitioner–based e-cigarette cessation program. The next step will be to utilize this program in a practice-based research network, a “real-world” practice setting that has the potential to increase the number of dental practitioners who counsel their patients about ecigarettes.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)18-20
Number of pages3
JournalHealth promotion practice
Issue number1
StatePublished - Jan 2021


  • behavior change
  • cessation
  • focus group
  • patient education
  • program planning and evaluation
  • tobacco prevention and control

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Public Health, Environmental and Occupational Health
  • Nursing (miscellaneous)


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