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knowledge, use, and susceptibility of disposable pod devices and heated tobacco products in younger adults

Madden, Kevin (2021) knowledge, use, and susceptibility of disposable pod devices and heated tobacco products in younger adults. Masters thesis, Northern Arizona University.

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Disposable pod devices are the most recent type of electronic vaping products and are thought to be popular due to their availability in flavors. Recent FDA regulations have prohibited flavors in rechargeable pod devices but not disposable pod devices. The first purpose of the current study was to examine knowledge/awareness, use, the importance of flavors as a reason for use, and susceptibility to future use in a sample of younger adults in the United States. The current study also examined a heated tobacco product, specifically IQOS, which was recently approved by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) for sale in the United States, regarding knowledge/awareness, harm perceptions, addictiveness perceptions, use, and susceptibility to future use. Data were collected in May of 2021 using a cross-sectional, non-random sample of 634 younger adults aged 18 to 35 registered on Amazon Mechanical Turk (MTurk). A substantial 26.98% of participants endorsed using a disposable pod device in their lifetime. Further, for past 30-day users of disposable pod devices, flavors were the primary reason noted for use (40.00%). Concerning IQOS, 29.13% of participants endorsed knowledge/awareness of the product and 24.60% endorsed IQOS lifetime use. These results were comparable to knowledge/awareness of a fictitious product called Hummingbird DLT, which 23.58% of participants endorsed knowledge/awareness of and 15.20% endorsed using in their lifetime. Further, approximately half of never users were classified as susceptible to future use to both the real IQOS device and the fictitious Hummingbird DLT. Finally, a significantly greater proportion of current smokers were susceptible to future IQOS use compared to never smokers. The current study contributes data relevant to researchers and public health professionals about disposable pod device use and the importance of flavors in the use of these devices, as well as important data about IQOS before it becomes nationally available in the United States.

Item Type: Thesis (Masters)
Publisher’s Statement: © Copyright is held by the author. Digital access to this material is made possible by the Cline Library, Northern Arizona University. Further transmission, reproduction or presentation of protected items is prohibited except with permission of the author.
Keywords: Pod devices; Vaping; Heated tobacco products; Flavored tobacco products; Adictiveness
Subjects: B Philosophy. Psychology. Religion > BF Psychology
MeSH Subjects: D Chemicals and Drugs > D02 Organic Chemicals
NAU Depositing Author Academic Status: Student
Department/Unit: Graduate College > Theses and Dissertations
College of Social and Behavioral Science > Psychological Sciences
Date Deposited: 11 Feb 2022 20:08
Last Modified: 11 Feb 2022 20:08
URI: https://openknowledge.nau.edu/id/eprint/5683

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