The association between sensation seeking and e-cigarette use in Texas young adults: A cross-sectional study

Kathleen R. Case, Alexandra Loukas, Melissa B. Harrell, Anna V. Wilkinson, Andrew E. Springer, Adriana Pérez, Me Lisa R. Creamer, Cheryl L. Perry

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Abstract

Objective: To examine the associations between sensation seeking and ever and current e-cigarette use in Texas young adults (18–29 years old). Current cigarette use was examined as a potential effect modifier of the associations. Participants: Participants included college students enrolled in four-year and two-year colleges in four metropolitan areas in Texas (n = 5,418) who completed the survey between November 2014 and February 2015. Methods: This cross-sectional study utilized mixed effects logistic regression to determine the associations between mean sensation seeking scores and ever and current e-cigarette use after controlling for covariates. Results: After controlling for covariates, significant associations between sensation seeking and both ever and current e-cigarette use were observed; however, these associations were significant for noncurrent smokers only (adjusted odds rations [AOR] = 1.55, 95% confidence interval (CI) = 1.39, 1.73; AOR = 1.82, 95% CI = 1.54, 2.15, respectively). Conclusions: Sensation seeking is an important factor in identifying college students who may be at increased risk for e-cigarette use behaviors.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)277-285
Number of pages9
JournalJournal of American College Health
Volume65
Issue number4
DOIs
StatePublished - May 19 2017
Externally publishedYes

Keywords

  • Current cigarette use
  • electronic cigarettes
  • sensation seeking

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Public Health, Environmental and Occupational Health

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