Personal motivations of Asian Americans who use ends: A qualitative study

Dale Dagar Maglalang, Mai Nhung Le, Grace J. Yoo, Guenevieve O. Del Mundo

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Objectives: The purpose of this study is to explore the motivations that encourage Asian Americans to use ENDS. In addition, it seeks to evaluate the underlying implications of Asian cultural beliefs and values that influence the use of ENDS. Methods: We conducted 12 semi-structured in-depth interviews among Asian Americans. Data were analyzed using thematic analysis. Results: Participants were influenced by Asian cultural values of filial piety and saving face which allowed them to either de-stigmatize or conceal the use of ENDS among their family members and peers. They also reported preferences for e-juice flavors reflective of food and products prominent in the Asian culture. Moreover, respondents also believed that ENDS use is less harmful than combustible cigarettes and reported experiencing perceived health benefits. Conclusion: Asian Americans who use ENDS are encouraged by the perception of their family members and value a sense of comfortability and familiarity when choosing their e-juice flavors. These results can help inform public health educators and researchers create culturally-specific health campaigns and interventions targeting the Asian-American population.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)680-690
Number of pages11
JournalAmerican Journal of Health Behavior
Issue number4
StatePublished - 2019


  • Asian/Pacific Islanders
  • E-cigarettes
  • ENDS
  • Health behavior
  • Health beliefs

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Health(social science)
  • Social Psychology
  • Public Health, Environmental and Occupational Health


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