Pilot study to inform young adults about the risks of electronic cigarettes through text messaging

2019 (Completed)

Karen S. Calabro, Georges E. Khalil, Minxing Chen, Cheryl L. Perry, and Alexander V. Prokhorov

Young adults are rapidly adopting electronic cigarette (e-cigarette) use. The popularity of e-cigarettes among young people can be attributed to heavy industry advertising and misleading health claims. Data indicate that young e-cigarette users who have never used conventional cigarettes may transition toward smoking combustible cigarettes. Communicating e-cigarette risks via text messaging is limited. This pilot study assessed the impact of exposure to 16 text messages on e-cigarette knowledge and risk perception. The short text messages delivered to participants conveyed e-cigarette use may lead to addiction to nicotine and explained the latest health-related findings.

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