Tobacco Trends in a Young Adult Hispanic Population

Gabrielle Clarisse Mendoza, University of Texas at El Paso


Smoking remains the leading cause of preventable death in the United States (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, 2019). Rates of smoking cigarettes have declined steadily from 20.9 percent in 2005 to 14 percent in 2017 (Wang, et al., 2018), but there is a rise in popularity and use of Electronic Nicotine Delivery System (ENDS). The current study focuses on tobacco trends of a young adult Hispanic population. There were a total of 20 participants over a span of 14 single and group interviews with 1-3 people per session. 19 participants reported having tried, used, or currently use novel tobacco products. Thirteen participants were introduced to ENDS by their peers, Sensory, such as smell, taste, and smokeless inhalation was one theme identified as a reason for using ENDS (14 participants). Participants raised concerns about the long term effects of ENDS use as well as accessibility of products for those under the legal purchasing age. More research on the short- and long-term effects of vaping may help inform current users and potentially influence health behaviors.

Subject Area

Social research|Hispanic American studies

Recommended Citation

Mendoza, Gabrielle Clarisse, "Tobacco Trends in a Young Adult Hispanic Population" (2021). ETD Collection for University of Texas, El Paso. AAI28543154.