Milken Institute School of Public Health Poster Presentations (Marvin Center & Video)

Title

GWU Undergraduate Perceptions of JUUL: A Qualitative Study

Document Type

Poster

Abstract Category

Prevention and Community Health

Keywords

Qualitative, E-cigarettes, JUUL, undergraduates, perceptions

Publication Date

Spring 5-1-2019

Abstract

Problem statement/introduction: E-cigarette use among young adults is at an all time high, with the majority of the population using JUULs. This qualitative study explores e-cigarette use and perceptions at GWU among undergraduate JUUL users. Methods: A sample of 14 GWU undergraduate JUUL users were identified through convenience and snowball sampling, and interviewed. Interviews were recorded, transcribed, and analyzed to identify common themes. Follow-up focus groups were completed to ensure trustworthiness and explore additional themes. Results: Two primary themes emerged from analyzing qualitative data. 1) Students engage in JUULing for the psycho-social benefits. 2) Students have a diverse understanding of the health risks and benefits as they relate to JUUL use. Conclusion: GWU undergraduate JUUL users perceive the use of JUULs as having psycho-social benefits and report awareness of health risks and benefits.

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Presented at Research Days 2019.

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GWU Undergraduate Perceptions of JUUL: A Qualitative Study

Problem statement/introduction: E-cigarette use among young adults is at an all time high, with the majority of the population using JUULs. This qualitative study explores e-cigarette use and perceptions at GWU among undergraduate JUUL users. Methods: A sample of 14 GWU undergraduate JUUL users were identified through convenience and snowball sampling, and interviewed. Interviews were recorded, transcribed, and analyzed to identify common themes. Follow-up focus groups were completed to ensure trustworthiness and explore additional themes. Results: Two primary themes emerged from analyzing qualitative data. 1) Students engage in JUULing for the psycho-social benefits. 2) Students have a diverse understanding of the health risks and benefits as they relate to JUUL use. Conclusion: GWU undergraduate JUUL users perceive the use of JUULs as having psycho-social benefits and report awareness of health risks and benefits.