EVMS researcher receives $430,000 grant to fund community-wide research on vaping among teens

Faculty from EVMS' Division of Community Health and Research (CHR) and Master of Public Health students are working with the YMCA on a community-based research project to determine what attracts youth and young to adults to use e-cigarettes.

Kelli England Will, PhD, Associate Professor of Pediatrics, was awarded a three-year, $430,000 grant by the Virginia Foundation for Healthy Youth for the study.

A 25-member Teen Advisory Council and a community panel of subject matter experts in public health and the related sciences will play key roles in accomplishing three goals. 

First, they will identify mediating knowledge, attitudes, beliefs and behaviors related to teen use and acceptance of e-cigarettes, including the relationship between smoking traditional cigarettes and e-cigarettes. Second, they will work with teens to develop effective risk-communication messages and dissemination pathways. Third, they will establish the effectiveness of campaign messages and dissemination pathways on knowledge, attitudes, beliefs and behaviors. 

Researchers hope their findings will help provide a basis for advocating for policy change.

WAVY-TV 10 spoke with one student on the advisory panel. Hear what he had to say about his experience.

Learn more about the team's vaping research in EVMS Magazine and on evms.edu.