Honors Theses and Capstones

Date of Award

Spring 2022

Project Type

Senior Honors Thesis

College or School



Department of Molecular, Cellular, and Biomedical Sciences

Program or Major

Biomedical Science: Medical & Veterinary Sciences

Degree Name

Bachelor of Science

First Advisor

Jesse Stabile Morrell


Vaping is a growing public health concern; however, most reported prevalence rates have only focused on youth. The purpose of this study was to investigate prevalence rates among undergraduates (18–24 years old) and examine differences in cardiometabolic parameters between vapers and non-vapers. Students (n= 267) were recruited from an introductory nutrition course during Fall 2021 to participate in the College Health and Nutrition Assessment Survey. Prevalence data were collected through a self-reported wellness survey. More than half (55.1%) reported ever vaping. During the past 3 months, 7.9% reported zero use, 18.4% 1x/2x, 3.4% monthly, 10.5% weekly, and 15.0% daily/almost daily; 12.7% of students had a strong desire or urge to vape daily/almost daily. There were no differences in cardiometabolic assessments between males according to vaping status except for lower systolic blood pressure (SBP) between infrequent vapers vs. never/former vapers (115.4±8.5 vs. 123.6±14.1, pppp

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