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UCSF Adolescent Tobacco and Health Study: A Qualitative Study of Adolescents’ Beliefs and Behaviors Related to Tobacco and Cannabis Products

A cross-sectional interview study of teenagers (13-17 years) about their experiences related to tobacco, vaping and cannabis products during the COVID-19 pandemic.

 

What is the purpose of this study?

This is a qualitative research study assessing adolescents' perceptions and behaviors related to tobacco (i.e. electronic cigarettes, cigarettes, smokeless tobacco, etc.) and cannabis product use. In addition, this study will also assess how environmental and social factors and specific product characteristics influence adolescents' decision-making and access to tobacco and cannabis products.

Why is this study being done?

Findings from this study will inform tobacco product regulation and will help educators and health professionals better communicate with teens about tobacco use. This study will also help us understand how environmental and social factors and specific product characteristics influence adolescents' decision-making and access to tobacco and cannabis 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 telephone or video conference (Zoom). The interview will take about 60 minutes total. Although we know not every child uses tobacco and marijuana/cannabis products, in this interview, 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 and cannabis products. Participants will also be asked about their environment, including their experiences related to school closures and social distancing restrictions from the COVID-19 pandemic. If participants (and their parents) agree, 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.

What will participants receive?

Participants will receive a $40 Amazon gift code 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 13-17 years, have parent/guardian consent to participate, and have agreed to participate themselves.

 

Interested in getting started?

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