The fading vape culture – Daily 49er

RHAYA lab findings look to the peak of vape and its slow downfall and looks at substance use among obese individuals.

Even though Cal State Long Beach forbids the use of tobacco and vaporizers on campus, students and faculty are still trying to find places to sate their craving. Isabella Lanza, assistant professor of human development, attempts to find why they do it.

Lanza created the Risky Health Among Adolescents and Young Adults lab in 2015 to study co-occurring health risks such as obesity and substance use in adolescence and young adults. Researchers at the lab tackle these topics through studying health risks among populations.

Last year, the lab conducted a yearlong study on campus which focused on behaviors that increased health-risks including the act of “vaping.” They set up a table and surveyed 500 undergraduate students.

Although vaporizers contain less chemicals and don’t involve inhaling smoke, the devices still use nicotine, a highly addictive chemical.

Lanza found that, in 2016, 40 percent of undergraduates had tried using a vaporizer. According to Lanza, the study was one

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