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UCSF Tobacco and Health Study: Young Adults’ Beliefs and Behaviors Related to Tobacco Products After the Tobacco 21 Law Passed

A interview study of young adults (18-20 years) about their access to and perceptions of tobacco products after Tobacco 21 (T21) laws.


What is the purpose of this study?

This is a qualitative research study that explores how Tobacco 21 (T21) laws have affected young adults access to and perceptions of tobacco products in the United States. This study will also assess how perceptions and behaviors may differ by rural/urban geography and by tobacco product used (e.g., cigarettes and e-cigarettes).

Why is this study being done?

Findings from this study will inform tobacco product regulation. This study will also help us understand how T21 laws influence young adults' decision-making and access to tobacco products.

What does participation involve?

Those who enroll in the study will participate in a one-on-one interview with a UCSF researcher remotely via video conference (Zoom). The interview will take about 60 minutes total. Participants will be asked general questions about his/her/their awareness of and experiences with tobacco and marijuana/cannabis, what products he/she/they uses or has ever tried, his/her/their reasons for using or not using certain products, and his/her/their perceived access to tobacco products. A digital audio recording will be made of this formal interview. After the interview, someone will type into a computer a transcript of what’s on the recording and will remove any mention of names or contact information. The recording will then be destroyed.

What will participants receive?

Participants will receive a $100 e-gift code to an online retailor (several options available) as a thank you for their time and participation.

Who can join?

Individuals may be able to join if they are between the ages of 18-20 years, live in the United States, and have agreed to participate themselves.

Can I stop being in the study?

Yes. You can decide to stop at any time. Just tell the study researcher or staff person right away if you wish to stop being in the study.


Interested in getting started?

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*Photos by Elliot Reyna (5 Teens), Alexis Brown (3 Teens), and Zachary Tan (Vaper) on Unsplash