Electronic nicotine delivery systems: use, knowledge, and attitudes among diverse college students

Matthew Olonoff, Raymond S. Niaura, Christina C. Ciecierski, Jody D. Ciolino, Brian Hitsman

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Objective The purpose of this study was to examine Electronic Nicotine Delivery Systems (ENDS) use among nonusers in diverse college students. Participants: Participants were college students enrolled at a Hispanic-Serving University in Chicago, IL, USA in December 2017. Methods: An online survey was administered using questions about ENDS-use behaviors, device characteristics, and knowledge of their own device, and ENDS attitudes. ENDS attitudes included questions about health, susceptibility, and quit characteristics. Results: The prevalence rate of ENDS use was 7%, and 39% of ENDS users identified all device characteristics. Nonusers categorize ENDS as a healthier alternative to cigarettes and as quit devices. Finally, cigarette use, age, health factor, and social proximity are correlated with ENDS susceptibility. Conclusions: These ENDS users lack awareness of their devices and tobacco use plays a key role in ENDS susceptibility. Future studies should continue to study the role ENDS has in dependence and cigarette use.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)2159-2167
Number of pages9
JournalJournal of American College Health
Issue number7
StatePublished - 2022


  • Attitudes
  • ENDS
  • e-cigarette
  • knowledge
  • minority
  • susceptibility

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Public Health, Environmental and Occupational Health


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