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Onset of Regular Smoking Before Age 21 and Subsequent Nicotine Dependence and Cessation Behavior amo

Thursday, January 23, 2020  
Posted by: Natalia Gromov

Ali FRM, Agaku IT, Sharapova SR, Reimels EA, Homa DM.
Onset of Regular Smoking Before Age 21 and Subsequent Nicotine Dependence and Cessation Behavior among U.S. Adult Smokers. 
Prev ChronicDis 2020;17:190176. DOI: https://doi.org/10.5888/pcd17.190176.

This study explores the relationship between starting smoking fairly regularly before age 21 years and nicotine dependence and cessation behaviors among U.S. adult smokers, using data from the Tobacco Use Supplement of the Current Population Survey (TUS-CPS). The findings show that that adults who started smoking cigarettes fairly regularly before age 21 years had higher likelihoods of being high nicotine dependent, and lower likelihoods of attempting to quit, intending to quit, and quitting successfully than those who started at age ≥21 years. These findings add to the evidence base relevant to Tobacco 21 policies by suggesting that efforts to prevent access to tobacco products before age 21 years could prevent nicotine addiction and promote cessation later in life.


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