Document Type

Student Research Paper


Summer 2020

Academic Department



As it is a relatively new concept, there is little research on the topic of vaping and e-cigarette usage among young adults. These practices were branded as being a healthier alternative to smoking, and while this may be true, young adults who do not already engage in smoking have become increasingly more likely to start vaping. While the long term effects of vaping and e-cigarette use are still unknown, they have been linked to several changes in affect and stress levels. To explore the reasons that college-aged young adults are starting to use e-cigarettes and how their behaviors might be affecting them, as well as the feasibility of using ecological momentary assessment to collect data, an ecological momentary assessment study was conducted on Elizabethtown College undergraduate students (n=7, 85.7% female, 85.7% White, Mage= 20.14). Participants completed a baseline study once, before completing 3 randomly scheduled surveys a day. They were also asked to complete one event-dependent survey a day. The daily surveys lasted for 14 days. The preliminary results indicated an increase in positive affect after vaping (p<.05) and a decrease in negative affect after vaping (p<.05). Additionally, compliance rates indicated that EMA is a valid data collection method for smoking and vaping studies.



Faculty advisor: Elizabeth Dalton

Mele 2020 Presentation.pdf (386 kB)

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