Published: Fri, January 12, 2018
Health | By Jay Jacobs

Healthcast : A Study on Teenagers & Tobacco Use

Healthcast : A Study on Teenagers & Tobacco Use

"Use of more than 1 product increased the odds of progressing to cigarette use", read the study Abstract.

"If our overall goal is to reduce cigarette use and the burden of disease from tobacco, we have to recognize that these products are encouraging young people to move on to cigarette use", Watkins told MedPage Today.

UT Health SA's Eliminate Tobacco Use committee has been at the forefront of the university's policy changes and has been putting up new signs advertising its tobacco-free policy around campus since December.

People who have a tendency to experiment with tobacco products in general, are also more likely to also experiment with cigarettes.

However, as public health experts have previously pointed out in relation to similar findings, such results reporting ever use could easily be attributed to the fact that people who have a tendency to experiment with tobacco products in general, are also more likely to experiment with cigarettes.

Among the small proportion of teens who had tried e-cigarettes at the start of the study, however, 19 percent had become smokers a year later, as had about 18 percent of hookah users.

"For example, using tobacco products might expose adolescents to a different social group or social norms around cigarette smoking". Previous studies have demonstrated associations of use of individual products such as e-cigarettes, smokeless tobacco, and hookahs with future cigarette smoking.

The researchers found that 4.6 percent of all baseline never-smoking youths had tried a cigarette at one-year follow-up and 2.1 percent had smoked a cigarette within the past 30 days.

Participants were queried about their use of cigarettes, e-cigarettes, cigars, hookahs, pipes, snus and other smokeless types of tobacco, dissolvable tobacco, bidis, and kretek (clove cigarettes).

The analysis was based on the 10,384 PATH youth respondents who reported never having smoked a cigarette in wave 1 and whose ever smoking or past 30-day use was reported in wave 2.

Study Rundown: Use of noncigarette tobacco products by youths has increased recently, and there is concern that this may lead to increase in cigarette smoking. Polyuse of two or more noncigarette tobacco products was associated with greater odds of cigarette smoking.

Smoking cessation researcher Scott McIntosh, PhD, of University of Rochester Medical Center, New York, told MedPage Today that the data examining the usefulness of e-cigarettes for smoking cessation are mixed.

Rogers says the high rate of smoking in Louisiana can be linked directly to the tobacco companies themselves and the way they fabricate what they do. In all, approximately 12,000 adolescents provided information about their use of tobacco products.

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