Belmont University Research Symposium (BURS)

Publication Date

Fall 12-7-2021


Health Sciences & Nursing, Gordon E. Inman College of


Public Health, Department of

BURS Faculty Advisor

Christian Williams

Presentation Type

Poster Presentation


Tobacco use claims the lives of over eight million people worldwide (World Health Organization [WHO], 2021). Individuals between the ages of 15 to 24 are at an increased risk to begin tobacco use. The introduction of e-cigarettes has exacerbated this issue. A qualitative, mixed methods study to assess the prevalence and awareness of tobacco use was conducted at Belmont University between October and December of 2021. A survey based on the Youth Risk Behavior Surveillance System (YRBSS) was used to determine the prevalence of students who use tobacco products and their overall awareness of the harmful effects. Results indicated that although students are largely aware of the health effects of tobacco use, they continue to engage in these behaviors. This study illustrates that further interventions targeted towards this population are needed.