Current Project

notebookFrequent E-cigarette/Vape Use Focus Group Study

The RHAYA Lab is currently conducting a focus group study on frequent e-cigarette/vaping use among CSULB undergrads. This research stems from recent findings showing that adolescents and young adults engaged in e-cigarette/vaping use are at higher risk of initiating and progressing to cigarette smoking, as well as more frequent and severe e-cigarette/vaping use. This qualitative focus group study seeks to understand the product characteristics that frequent vape users find attractive, the behavioral and contextual factors that result in more frequent or severe vaping use and cigarette smoking initiation, and beliefs about future expectations of vaping use.

Health-Risk Behavior Study 2

During the academic year 2018-2019, the RHAYA Lab conducted a longitudinal online survey study titled, “Biobehavioral, Social-contextual, and Psychosocial Processes Underlying Co-occurring Obesity and E-cigarette/Vaping Use”. A representative sample of 447 California State University, Long Beach (CSULB) undergraduates were recruited to inform the processes and pathways of co-occurring health-risks, with an emphasis on obesity and tobacco use. This academic year, the RHAYA Lab is analyzing data from this study to publish and present results on co-occurring health-risks among a diverse sample of college students.

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 vaporizer (e-cigarette/vaping) use has led to renewed popularity of tobacco use. As tobacco use moves 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.

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