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World Journal of Social Sciences and Humanities. 2021, 7(2), 46-54
DOI: 10.12691/wjssh-7-2-2
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Young Adult Perceptions and Choice of Vaping: Do Regulation and Health Education Improve Outcomes?

Brina Hollis1 and Kimberley Garth-James2

1Purdue Global, Health Administration Department

2Azusa Pacific University, Master Public Administration Program

Pub. Date: March 28, 2021

Cite this paper:
Brina Hollis and Kimberley Garth-James. Young Adult Perceptions and Choice of Vaping: Do Regulation and Health Education Improve Outcomes?. World Journal of Social Sciences and Humanities. 2021; 7(2):46-54. doi: 10.12691/wjssh-7-2-2

Abstract

This quantitative study assessed the effects of nicotine vaporizers (flavored e-cigarettes) as substitutes for traditional tobacco products and the effects of regulatory governance and health education on young adults’ (aged 18-34 years) preferences for vaping products. Restrictions on vaping likely will require involvement from stakeholders (e.g., researchers, policy makers, public and private healthcare, media, and consumers). We reviewed the theoretical and academic research summarizing the harmful effects of vaping and the role of public governance and education in preventing use among young people. The participants in the study were age 18-34 years, of whom used e-cigarettes daily for 1-3 years, to elicit their opinions about access to vaping products and regulation. The results show that although knowledge of health risks was not a deterrent to usage, the respondents strongly agreed that public and nonprofit organizations have roles in regulation and education related to the harmful effects of vaping.

Keywords:
tobacco vaping regulation public health

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