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Increasing Adult Awareness of Hawai’i Youth Vaping

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Title:Increasing Adult Awareness of Hawai’i Youth Vaping
Authors:Buck, David
Contributors:Hensley, Patricia (instructor)
Pagan, Joan (instructor)
Keywords:Farmer's Market
Farmer's Market Health care
innovative health care
health literacy booth
convenient health care
show 9 morerural health care
high risk
priority populations
underserved populations
electronic cigarettes
outreach program
prevention booth
rural health prevention
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Date Issued:08 Jun 2020
Abstract:Vaping is a novel socially acceptable form of nicotine consumption used by youth as an
alternative to traditional cigarettes. Electronic cigarette (e-cig) use in Hawaii County (HC)
middle and high school students is higher than state and national rates. Due to the novel onset of
youth e-cig use, long-term health implications are unknown. However, numerous federal,
national and other evidence-based studies acknowledge the concerns of nicotine exposure to the
developing brain, and e-cigs being a socially acceptable gateway to traditional cigarette and other
drug use. Numerous studies indicate high youth e-cig rates amongst specific populations (i.e.,
rural, low socioeconomic status), the strong influence parents and adults have on youth tobacco
abuse, and that current youth e-cig preventative strategies are unsuccessful. The rural Puna
District has the highest users of both e-cigs and combustible cigarettes in the state of Hawaii.
Thus, innovative strategies are needed to improve e-cig health literacy in this high risk
population. Thirty participants participated in a project aimed at improving e-cig health literacy
in the rural population through a community farmer’s market e-cig information booth.
Participants’ level of concern, e-cig knowledge, and the resources utilized to obtain e-cig or other
health information were assessed before and after project interventions. Data analysis indicated
that for the majority of participants, project interventions changed perception, increased level of
concern, knowledge, potential future advocacy against e-cigs, and potential future attendance to
convenient health literacy booths. Convenient educational booths have the potential to improve
health literacy in rural populations thus leading to improved prevention or management of
community health issues.
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