Principal Investigator(s): Annice Kim and Mario Navarro
Funding Mechanism: Research Contract
ID number: HHSF223201510002B
Award Date: 10/1/2016
Institution: Research Triangle Institute (RTI), International
The goal of this study is to develop a working definition for youth ENDS experimentation as contrasted with established ENDS use. Researchers will conduct a study to explore youth use of electronic nicotine delivery systems (ENDS) to assess what measures of use or the user’s knowledge, attitudes and behaviors best differentiate experimenters from established users. Study subjects will include up to 1,600 youth aged 13-17 who have ever used an ENDS device such as an e-cigarette. Participants will be recruited online and will complete an online screening survey to determine eligibility. Qualified youth will participate in a survey that addresses the participant’s ENDS use and its social context; measures of tobacco product-related knowledge, attitudes, and behaviors; advertising and counter-marketing exposure; sensation-seeking; measures of other tobacco product use; and demographics. After analyzing the survey data, researchers will construct definitions of experimental and established ENDS use and test which definitions are effective at discriminating between experimental and established youth ENDS users using various measures, such as harm perceptions.