Introduction: The purpose of this study is to examine awareness, attitudes, and related knowledge of e-cigarettes, and JUUL specifically, among parents of middle and high school students.
Methods: Data were collected in October-November 2018 from a nationally representative sample of U.S. parents of middle and high school students aged 11-18 years (n=2,885) to examine e-cigarette and JUUL awareness, concern about e-cigarette use, and school communication regarding e-cigarettes. Weighted frequencies and percentages are reported; Rao-Scott chi-square tests examined differences by school level. Data were analyzed in 2019.
Results: Although most parents (96.2%) had seen or heard of e-cigarettes, only 55.9% had seen or heard of JUUL, and only 44.2% accurately identified an image of JUUL as a vaping device. Many parents reported concern about adolescent e-cigarette use (60.6%), but fewer reported concern about their own child's use (32.9%). Most parents (73.5%) reported receiving no communication from their child's school about e-cigarettes or JUUL.
Conclusions: There are notable gaps in parents' awareness of JUUL. School-to-parent communication efforts are necessary to build parents' knowledge of e-cigarettes like JUUL to prevent the growing youth uptake of these novel and addictive products.
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