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Use of non-cigarette tobacco products tied to teen smoking

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Melissa Porter | 12 January, 2018, 21:12

Though this study did not determine how noncigarette tobacco products increase cigarette use, whether by nicotine dependence, changing perception of cigarettes, social mediators, or other factors, it sheds light on the need for policy changes to limit use of noncigarette tobacco products and prevent health risks associated with it.

"If our overall goal is to reduce cigarette use and the burden of disease from tobacco, we have to recognize that these products are encouraging young people to move on to cigarette use", Watkins told MedPage Today.

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They said: 'Any use of e-cigarettes, hookah, non-cigarette combustible tobacco, or smokeless tobacco was independently associated with cigarette smoking one year later'.

E-cigarettes and vaporizers are commonly marketed as products that have fewer health effects than using tobacco, and as a way to wean users off cigarettes.

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.

Relevant Reading: Assessing 30-day quantity-frequency of USA adolescent cigarette smoking as a predictor of adult smoking 14 years later.

The report might be the first to compare multiple non-cigarette tobacco products simultaneously with subsequent cigarette smoking. But new a new line of research conducted by investigators at the University of California, San Francisco (UCSF) suggests many of these adolescents will eventually move on to smoke real cigarettes.

Study Rundown: Use of noncigarette tobacco products by youths has increased recently, and there is concern that this may lead to increase in cigarette smoking.

The newly reported analysis of the PATH data was unique because of its large size and the inclusion of both e-cigarette and non-e-cigarette tobacco products in the assessment of smoking risk.

"Youths who had tried more than one type of tobacco product at baseline had 3.81 greater adjusted odds of past 30-day cigarette smoking at follow-up than did baseline never-tobacco users".

In 2016, the Food and Drug Administration announced its intention to begin regulating all tobacco products, including e-cigarettes, hookahs and cigars, as it does cigarettes.

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®.

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.