The Juxtaposition of Social Acceptability and Decline in Cigarette Smoking and Increase in Prevalence of E-cigarette Smoking

Saranne Louth Butler University
Faculty Sponsor(s): Kenneth Colburn Butler University
E-cigarettes defined are, cigarette-shaped devices containing a nicotine-based liquid that is vaporized and inhaled to simulate the experience of smoking tobacco. There are various uses for the implementation of e-cigarettes such as reduction of smoking, smoking cessation, and or achieve the smoking sensation. It is not yet known whether e-cigarettes are safe or if they can be used to help smokers quit cigarette smoking in the general population. What we do know is that e-cigarette implementation in the college aged population is associated with the intention to initiate smoking (Ji-Yeun, Dong-Chul, and Hsien-Chang, 2016). Despite these debates, there has been little exploration into the staggering increase in e-cigarette use and positive social acceptability in relation to a decrease in cigarette smoking in the United States. This paper explores the reasons as to why there is heightened usage of e-cigarette smoking surrounding college-aged students, decrease usage of cigarette smoking, and their respective positive social acceptability and negative social acceptability. Through 24 in depth interviews gathered by convenience sampling, I explore college aged students perceptions of e-cigarette smoking and their perceived positive and negative effects as opposed to their views on cigarette smoking and the positive and negative effects.
Sociology
Oral Presentation

When & Where

02:15 PM
Jordan Hall 203