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Risk Factors for Perceived Increases in Smoking Due to COVID-19

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Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, declared in March of 2020, there have been many lifestyle changes which have likely influenced tobacco smoking behavior. Such lifestyle changes include lockdowns, stay at home orders, reduction in social cues related to smoking, increased

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, declared in March of 2020, there have been many lifestyle changes which have likely influenced tobacco smoking behavior. Such lifestyle changes include lockdowns, stay at home orders, reduction in social cues related to smoking, increased stress, and boredom among other things. This study utilized a cross-sectional survey which looked into these behaviors, primarily perceived risk to COVID-19, and determined if there is an association between perceived risk and education level/race. Education level is a proxy for income and material resources, therefore making it more likely that people with lower levels of education have fewer resources and higher perceived risk to negative effects of COVID-19. Additionally, people of color are often marginalized in the medical community along with being the target of heavy advertising by tobacco companies which have likely impacted risk to COVID-19 as well.

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Student Impact Coalition for Knowledge

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The Student Impact Coalition for Knowledge, also known as SICK, is a student coalition run by three undergraduates who sought to create an outlet for students to vote on their favorite places on and around campus. They noticed that there

The Student Impact Coalition for Knowledge, also known as SICK, is a student coalition run by three undergraduates who sought to create an outlet for students to vote on their favorite places on and around campus. They noticed that there was no easily accessible place to share their recommendations with other students. Because of this, SICK presents awards to the coffee shop, fast food restaurant, hiking spot, podcast, or brunch place that receives the most votes.
With the solution, the team was able to create a mission statement for the Student Impact Coalition for Knowledge. The SICK awards allow students to make an impact by voting on their favorite things on and off campus in order to provide recommendations for others. Through extensive market research, the team identified the target audience and how this coalition would be beneficial to the student population. Currently, SICK is limited to Arizona State University’s Tempe campus, but there are goals to expand to ASU’s other campuses before moving to other universities nationwide. Through growth and financial sustainability, the team hopes that the coalition will become a useful tool for students across many campuses to share and receive recommendations for must-visit places around their college.

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