Year of Publication

2020

College

Public Health

Degree Name

Master of Public Health (M.P.H.)

Committee Chair

Dr. Sarah Wackerbarth

Committee Member

Dr. Jennifer Knight

Committee Member

Dr. Paula Arnett

Abstract

Problem: Over the past few years there has been significant increase in vaping/juuling/e-cigarette use among the adolescent population. Since this is a new health issue, there are very few intervention programs for teens to receive education about these devices and support for quitting/treatment. The aim of this study was to provide insight on interventions that have already been implemented to provide direction for those seeking to design their own vape/juul/e-cigarette intervention. This was assessed by comparing approaches and lessons learned during the intervention implementation process.

Methods: The study was conducted using a case study approach. The researcher conducted interviews with three key informants including Leigh Ann Holt, Dr. Melinda Ickes, and UK I Can End the Trend Ambassadors. Key successes and barriers were compared for each program.

Results: Information obtained through interviews was assessed based on four categories: assessing the need of Eastern Kentucky high schools, obstacles/modifications, obtaining funding/resources, and successes/long-term impact. This allowed for comparisons and differences to be made between each intervention program.

Discussion: Vape/juul/e-cigarette intervention programs have the ability to prevent adolescents from starting and support them through quitting/treatment. Though continued research will most likely lead to future program modifications, Dr. Ehrie and Dr. Ickes successfully implemented their intervention program in Eastern Kentucky high schools. Their dedication to this health issue has created a path forward for others seeking to design interventions aimed at decreasing the rate of vape/juul/e-cigarette use in the Eastern Kentucky high school population.

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