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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 14.
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.

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