Modeling the prevalence of JUUL and other e-cigarette use

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Sara Clifton

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Use of JUUL and other e-cigarettes has grown exponentially in the last few years. The long-term effects of e-cigarette use on people, especially young users, is unknown. E-cigs are advertised as a safer alternative to traditional cigarettes, but health professionals and the US government are concerned that the sleek design of e-cigs attracts young non-smokers. In this project, we will adapt and test a model of traditional cigarette prevalence to accommodate e-cigarette users. With this new model, we’ll try to address two important questions: (1) how will the prevalence of e-cigarettes change?, and (2) do e-cigarettes present a net benefit or harm to society?

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Undergrad Prerequisites

A course in ODEs and coding skills recommended but not required.