Teens Who Vape Twice As Likely To Become Cigarette Smokers

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THURSDAY, Jan. 4, 2018 (HealthDay News) - Non-cigarette tobacco use is associated with subsequent cigarette smoking among US adolescents, according to a study published online Jan. 2 in JAMA Pediatrics. Of these participants, about 20 percent who somehow engaged with online tobacco marketing initiated some form of tobacco use within the following year - this was significantly greater than the 12 percent of those who had not interacted with online tobacco marketing.

The scientists admitted that people who try e-cigarettes may also be more prone to rebellion. Compared with baseline never tobacco users, youths who had tried more than one type of tobacco product at baseline had 3.81-fold increased adjusted odds of past 30-day cigarette smoking.

Watkins noted that the vast majority of adult cigarette smokers - approximately 90% - had smoked their first cigarette by the age of 18 years. "Non-cigarette tobacco use is increasing and could stimulate subsequent conventional cigarette smoking in youths".

The report, published Tuesday in JAMA Pediatrics, comes as e-cigarettes are becoming increasingly popular among adolescents.

The cigarette uptake rate at one-year follow-up was four times higher among adolescents who used more than one non-cigarette tobacco product, researchers from the University of California, San Francisco's Center for Tobacco Control Research and Education wrote in JAMA Pediatrics, published online January 2.

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"Products like e cigarettes are essentially gateways to smoking cigarettes", Chandler said. 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. Similar results were obtained for past 30-day cigarette use, and for both former and past 30-day use of each noncigarette tobacco product.

And in another report released Tuesday, researchers said that almost 3 million American teens had been exposed to online marketing of tobacco, as cigarette manufacturers have shifted their marketing strategies from traditional forms of media to the internet.

"I think the FDA needs to be very careful about how they move forward with the message that these products might be useful for cessation", said McIntosh, who was not involved in the current study.

Through the Smoking Cessation for Low Income Housing Residents initiative, the American Lung Association will work with Public Housing Agencies and other local partners to provide smokers who are ready to quit with access to proven-effective tobacco cessation services such as Freedom From Smoking®. It is also prohibited to sell tobacco products in casinos.

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