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Degree Name

Master of Science (MS)

Document Type

Master's Thesis




Kinesiology and Health Promotion

First Advisor

Dr. Melinda J. Ickes


Objectives: (1) Describe intention to quit, (2) identify relationships between sociodemographic factors or social influences and intention to quit, (3) explore if Theory of Planned Behavior-informed constructs can predict intention to quit as well as identify which construct best predicts, and (4) discover if descriptive norms strengthen a predictive model of intention to quit among emerging adults currently using Juul. Participants: Full-time, first-year students currently using Juul, an e-cigarette product, at a large university in the southeastern United States (N = 182). Methods: A November 2018 online survey assessed sociodemographic characteristics, social influences, patterns of use, quit intention, and attitudes, norms, and perceived behavioral control toward Juul. Results: A quarter of participants reported current use, with nearly half intending to quit within six months. Recent quit attempts was the only factor related to intention. Two models were created that successfully predicted intention to quit, but only perceived behavioral control was individually significant as a predictor. Conclusions: Cessation-focused campaigns and interventions are needed on college campuses and could be less tailored than prevention to save time and money.

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Funding Information

Centers for Clinical and Translational Science, University of Kentucky, FY2018-2019