Self-reported reasons for vaping among 8th, 10th, and 12th graders in the US: Nationally-representative results

Publication Abstract

Patrick, Megan E., Richard A. Miech, C. Carlier, Patrick M. O'Malley, Lloyd Johnston, and John E. Schulenberg. 2016. "Self-reported reasons for vaping among 8th, 10th, and 12th graders in the US: Nationally-representative results." Drug and Alcohol Dependence, 165: 275-8.

OBJECTIVE: The study describes the most common reasons for using vaporizers (such as e-cigarettes) among US adolescents and investigates how reasons for use differ by grade, lifetime cigarette use, frequency of vaporizer use, gender, race/ethnicity, and parent education. METHOD: Data were collected from 4066 students in the 8th, 10th, and 12th grades in 2015 as part of the Monitoring the Future study, a cross-sectional and nationally representative US survey. RESULTS: Common reasons for vaporizer use reported by respondents who had ever used a vaporizer were experimentation (53.0%), taste (37.2%), boredom (23.5%), having a good time (22.4%), and relaxation (21.6%). Reasons differed little across grades or parent education; reasons differed by lifetime use of regular cigarettes, frequency of vaping, gender, and race/ethnicity. CONCLUSIONS: Overall, results suggest that decisions to vape are based on curiosity, taste, and pleasure, rather than for reasons such as quitting regular cigarettes or substituting for regular cigarette smoking.


ISBN: 0376-8716

PMCID: PMC4939118. (Pub Med Central)

Adolescents, Electronic cigarettes, Reasons, Vaporizers, e-Cigarettes

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