The MATRICES project, funded by the National Cancer Institute and sponsored by Stanford University, aims to get a snapshot of tobacco, vaping, and marijuana use among California's public college students. Stanford has contracted with NORC at the University of Chicago to support the institutional recruiting and a student survey.
JUUL, Natural American Spirit, and edibles are sold online and in local stores. Nationally, 1 in 3 college students still use tobacco; use of vapes is even higher; and marijuana use among young adults is the highest rate it has been in 35 years.
California was the second state to raise the minimum legal age to purchase tobacco from 18 to 21. California is also among the growing number of US states to legalize recreational use of marijuana, with retail sales that began in 2018.
Details of the MATRICES project work schedule are as follows:
- Fall 2018 – Questionnaire and sample design, piloting
- Spring 2019 – Sample frame building and sample selection
- Spring-Fall 2019 – Data collection (First round)
- Winter 2020 – First study results
- Fall 2020 – Data collection (Second round)
- Summer 2021 – Second study results
The project will conduct web-based data collection featuring an embedded mapping tool.
Participating universities and colleges will receive summary reports for their campus or district relative to their overall system (i.e., California Community College System, California State University, University of California). This summary may inform health services, student advocacy, and enhancements to tobacco-free campus policies.
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