Use of e-cigarettes and other tobacco products and progression to daily cigarette smoking
Wed, 01/13/2021 – 03:00
Researchers pored over data from the US Population Assessment of Tobacco and Health Study in search of factors that predict daily cigarette use among young people over 4 years’ time. The team from the University of California, San Diego, noted ever use, age at first use, and daily use among participants aged 12–24 years during wave 1 of the survey. By wave 4, 62% had experimented with tobacco and 12% had become daily tobacco users—primarily cigarette smokers. Daily cigarette use among adults aged 25–28 years at this point approached 21% compared with vaping use of just 3.3%. More than 30% of those who tried tobacco between waves 1 and 4 explored five or more different products, and these individuals were much more likely than those who tried a single product to progress to daily cigarette smoking. The association between e-cigarette use and later daily cigarette use was especially robust. Additionally, the investigators found that experimenting with tobacco products before age 18 years strongly correlated to future daily cigarette smoking, whereas individuals who tried different options after age 18 years were less likely to pick up that habit. Based on the data, they predict the recent upward trend in e-cigarette use will undermine the lower cigarette smoking rate among young adults in the United States.