Prevalence and reasons for Juul use among college students

Melinda Ickes, Jakob W. Hester, Amanda T. Wiggins, Mary Kay Rayens, Ellen J. Hahn, Ramakanth Kavuluru

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Objective: Examine Juul use patterns, sociodemographic and personal factors associated with Juul use, and reasons for Juul initiation and current use, among college students. Participants: Convenience sample of 371 undergraduates at a large university in the southeast; recruited April 2018. Methods: Cross-sectional design using an online survey. Logistic regression identified the personal risk factors for current use. Results: Over 80% of participants recognized Juul; 36% reported ever use and 21% past 30-day use. Significant risk factors for current Juul use were: male, White/non-Hispanic, lower undergraduate, and current cigarette smoker. Current Juul users chose ease of use and lack of a bad smell as reasons for use. Ever Juul users most commonly endorsed curiosity and use by friends as reasons for trying Juul. Conclusions: Given the propensity for nicotine addiction among youth and young adults, rates of Juul use are alarming and warrant immediate intervention.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)455-459
Number of pages5
JournalJournal of American College Health
Issue number5
StatePublished - Jul 3 2020

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  • E-cigarette
  • tobacco prevention
  • young adult

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Public Health, Environmental and Occupational Health


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