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Am J Health Behav. 2006 May-Jun;30(3):302-12.

Young adult smoker risk perceptions of traditional cigarettes and nontraditional tobacco products.

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Office on Smoking and Health, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, 4770 Buford Highway NE, MS K-50, Atlanta, GA 30341, USA. pir1@cdc.gov

Abstract

OBJECTIVE:

To explore risk perceptions of traditional and nontraditional tobacco products (NTPs) among young adult smokers.

METHODS:

Focus groups with African Americans, non-Hispanic whites, and Hispanics. Risk ratings of light, regular, and menthol cigarettes and of NTPs and marijuana and cigarettes were compared.

RESULTS:

Participants tended to view light cigarettes as safer than regular cigarettes. Shisha and herbal products were rated as safer than traditional cigarettes, but there were differences in ratings by race/ethnicity, related to preferred cigarette variety.

CONCLUSIONS:

Health communication messages about the use of cigarettes and NTPs should consider risk perceptions about the products and racial/ethnic differences.

PMID:
16712444
DOI:
10.5555/ajhb.2006.30.3.302
[Indexed for MEDLINE]

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