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Am J Health Behav. 2013 Jan;37(1):25-31. doi: 10.5993/AJHB.37.1.3.

A multiple indicators and multiple causes model of alternative tobacco use.

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  • 1Virginia Commonwealth University, Institute for Drug and Alcohol Studies, Department of Psychology, Richmond, VA, USA. anasim@vcu.edu

Abstract

OBJECTIVE:

To examine the relationship between adolescents' cigarette smoking experiences and alternative tobacco product (ATP) use.

METHODS:

Multiple indicators and multiple causes (MIMIC) models estimated simultaneously the relationship between cigarette smoking experiences and ATP use among high school students (N=1827) completing the 2009 Virginia Youth Tobacco Survey.

RESULTS:

Overall, ATP use was associated with adolescents' ever use of cigarettes, early onset of cigarette smoking, cigarettes smoked per day, and peer smoking; however, important model differences between racial/ethnic groups were observed.

CONCLUSIONS:

Prevention and cessation programs might reduce adolescent ATP use by targeting specific characteristics of cigarette smoking.

PMID:
22943098
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PMCID:
PMC3739477
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