Electronic nicotine delivery systems (ENDS) have become an increasingly popular choice to ingest nicotine, especially among adolescents. It is assumed that with a rise of ENDS usage, more people will be looking for strategies to help quit the devices. As previous research has revealed the efficacy of stress reduction interventions to aid in the cessation of nicotine, a stress reducing writing intervention based in self-affirmation, value affirmation, was evaluated for its ability to reduce anxiety and craving for nicotine in individuals using ENDS. Nicotine dependent participants (N = 92) using ENDS were randomly assigned to complete either a value affirmation writing exercise or a control writing exercise prior to viewing a video designed to induce anxiety. While anxiety and craving for nicotine significantly increased across conditions following the video stressor, no significant differences were observed between groups. Commentary on the results and implications of this study are discussed.

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Nicotine addiction--Research; Vaping--Research; Affirmations--Health aspects

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Experimental Psychology (MS)

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Psychology (CLA)


Joseph S. Baschnagel

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Stephanie Godleski

Advisor/Committee Member

Rebecca Houston


RIT – Main Campus

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