Healthcast : A Study on Teenagers & Tobacco Use


The findings are also important because some of the novel tobacco products have especially high rates of use among adolescents in vulnerable populations.

King also recommends smokers trying to quit ask their doctor about specific tools that could help, such as nicotine-replacement therapy, classes created to help you stop smoking, counseling and medication; avoid substances such as alcohol that tend to weaken commitment; replace tobacco with healthier oral stimulation like gum; and exercise to provide a boost and help prevent weight gain that can happen when smokers eat when they feel the urge to light up.

However, youths who reported using e-cigarettes or other non-cigarette forms of tobacco the first year of the study were twice as likely to have smoked at least one cigarette or smoked in the past 30 days one year later.

Teenagers who have used non-cigarette tobacco products are twice as likely to try conventional cigarettes within a year as those who have not, a new study finds. Furthermore, baseline ever exclusive use (ever only use of a single noncigarette tobacco product) was also positively associated with cigarette smoking initiation, with the exception of smokeless tobacco, which was positively associated but not statistically significant (OR, 1.53; 95%CI, 0.56-4.19).

"Each type of non-cigarette tobacco product we studied - whether e-cigarettes, cigars, or smokeless tobacco - independently contributed to smoking risk", said senior study author Dr. Benjamin Chaffee of the University of California, San Francisco School of Dentistry. Results showed that odds of cigarette use approximately doubled for those who ever used e-cigarettes, hookah, noncigarette combustible tobacco, and smokeless tobacco.

The researchers believe that e-cigarette use provides a "catalyst" which triggers a "causal pathway from initial use of e-cigarettes to tobacco smoking among youths".

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Cigarette use reported in the followup survey was higher among youths who had ever used e-cigarettes (19 percent); hookahs (18.3 percent); non-cigarette combustible tobacco (19.2 percent) or smokeless tobacco (18.8 percent), the researchers found.

"Products like e cigarettes are essentially gateways to smoking cigarettes", Chandler said.

They added that the study has direct implications for regulatory policy aimed at preventing youth smoking. In order to get the powers that be to effect some sort of regulation of such contacts, one must have evidence that they do, in fact, affect young people's uptake and use of tobacco products.

The Food and Drug Administration banned sales of e-cigarettes to teens back in 2016. "The estimated health risks of non-cigarette tobacco products should include the addition health consequences of future cigarette use". Researchers analyzed data from almost 12,000 teens.

Last June, the University of Texas System became the first entirely tobacco-free university system in the state, officials said, and the largest single employer prohibiting tobacco use statewide.