Risk Factors and Medical Symptoms Associated With Electronic Vapor Product Use Among Adolescents and Young Adults

Sarah E. Benyo, Tyler J. Bruinsma, Elizabeth Drda, Jodi Brady-Olympia, Steven D. Hicks, Sue Boehmer, Robert P. Olympia

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Abstract

The use of electronic vapor products (EVPs) has increased dramatically in the past decade. The objectives of our study were to examine the frequency of EVP use; to identify demographic characteristics, risk-taking behaviors, and beliefs about vaping; and to determine symptoms associated with EVPs among adolescents. A questionnaire addressing these objectives was administered to a convenience sample of subjects aged 12 to 23 years. Among 494 completed questionnaires, 80% of responders were considered experimenters/nonusers (never tried or tried one time) and 20% were considered frequent users (at least once a month). We identified demographic features and risk-taking behaviors associated with EVP use. In the previous 6 months, frequent users were more likely to report headache, cough, sleep disturbances, dehydration, weakness, racing heart, chest pain, and tremors. Our findings provide evidence to support efforts to decrease EVP use through screening, education, and preventative strategies.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)279-289
Number of pages11
JournalClinical Pediatrics
Volume60
Issue number6-7
DOIs
StatePublished - Jun 2021

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Pediatrics, Perinatology, and Child Health

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