Patterns of Tobacco Use and Dual Use in US Young Adults: The Missing Link between Youth Prevention..
Thursday, June 14, 2012
Posted by: Natalia Gromov
...and Adult Cessation.
Rath JM, Villanti AC, Abrams DB, Vallone DM. J
Environ Public Health. 2012:679134. Epub 2012 May
This study uses online panel data from the Legacy
Young Adult Cohort Study to describe cigarette and other tobacco use prevalence
among young adults (N=4,201). It is the first stud in a series that presents
baseline information on this population and is designed to track the patterns,
transitions and trajectories of tobacco use behavior in the under-studied age
group. Results showed that 32 percent of young adults (ages 18-34) initiated
smoking after age 18 and 39 percent of regular users became regular smokers
during young adulthood. In addition, among young adults who currently use
tobacco, three in 10 are dual users (both cigarettes and other tobacco
products). The study also found that dual users report the same levels of
smoking compared to cigarette only users, suggesting that the use of other
tobacco products does not replace cigarette smoking or decrease the mean number
of cigarettes smoked daily among young adults. The authors call for improved
monitoring of the use of multiple concurrent forms of tobacco products across
the life course, and the development of tailored efforts for young adults to
prevent progression and further assist with quitting.