During the 2018-2019 academic year, the RHAYA lab is conducting a longitudinal survey study titled, “Biobehavioral, Social-contextual, and Psychosocial Processes Underlying Co-occurring Obesity and E-cigarette/Vaping Use”. A representative sample of 500 California State University, Long Beach (CSULB) undergraduates are being recruited to inform the processes and pathways of co-occurring health-risks, with an emphasis on higher weight status and tobacco use.
With large amounts of time spent on technological devices and the convenience of processed foods, it has become increasingly difficult for adolescents and young adults to offset obesity. A growing concern is that adolescents and young adults meeting obesity status are engaging in other health-risk behaviors that may have an increased detrimental effect on their health. Recent research has shown that obese adolescents and young adults are at risk for becoming cigarette smokers. Although public health efforts have done much to decrease the popularity of cigarettes, the emergence of Electronic Nicotine Delivery Systems (ENDS; e-cigarette/vaping use) has led to renewed popularity of tobacco use. As ENDS products move tobacco use back into the social norm, especially among high school and college students, higher weight status individuals may be especially vulnerable to e-cigarette/vaping use due to its potential use as a socialization tool. Consequently, this is a critical time for examining e-cigarette/vaping use among adolescents and young adults and its co-occurrence with other health-risks.