Objective: To investigate the contexts in which college students use e-cigarettes and marijuana, perceptions about the benefits and harms, and health effects of use. Participants: College student e-cigarette and marijuana ever users (n = 20; 18-21 years old) from the Texas Adolescent Tobacco and Marketing Surveillance System (TATAMS). Methods: Participants completed a one-hour long online interview about their experiences using e-cigarettes and marijuana. Thematic content analysis in NVivo identified prominent themes. Results: Vaping nicotine and marijuana were preferred and perceived as normal, trendy and useful in circumventing smoke-free campus policies. Preference for nicotine versus marijuana fluctuates during the academic school year in response to campus restrictions and work and school-related activities. College students commonly experienced health effects (shortness of breath, wheezing) attributed to vaping, did not perceive their use as very harmful, and perceived their use as a college-related phase. Conclusions: Findings have implications for college-based health education, resources, and smoke-free policies.
|Idioma original||English (US)|
|Publicación||Journal of American College Health|
|Estado||Accepted/In press - 2021|
|Publicado de forma externa||Sí|
ASJC Scopus subject areas
- Public Health, Environmental and Occupational Health