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Am J Public Health. 2014 Aug;104(8):1429-36. doi: 10.2105/AJPH.2013.301802. Epub 2014 Jun 12.

The next generation of users: prevalence and longitudinal patterns of tobacco use among US young adults.

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Amanda Richardson, Jessica Rath, and Donna Vallone are with the Department of Research and Evaluation, Legacy, Washington, DC, and the Department of Health, Behavior and Society, Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health, Baltimore, MD. Valerie Williams is with the Department of Research and Evaluation, Legacy. Andrea C. Villanti is with The Schroeder Institute for Tobacco Research and Policy Studies, Legacy, and the Department of Health, Behavior and Society, Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health.

Abstract

OBJECTIVES:

We monitored the prevalence and patterns of use of the array of tobacco products available to young adults, who are at risk for initiation and progression to established tobacco use.

METHODS:

We used data from waves 1 to 3 of GfK's KnowledgePanel (2011-2012), a nationally representative cohort of young adults aged 18 to 34 years (n = 2144). We examined prevalence and patterns of tobacco product use over time, associated demographics, and state-level tobacco policy. We used multivariable logistic regression to determine predictors of initiation of cigarettes as well as noncombustible and other combustible products.

RESULTS:

The prevalence of ever tobacco use rose from 57.28% at wave 1 to 67.43% at wave 3. Use of multiple products was the most common pattern (66.39% of tobacco users by wave 3). Predictors of initiation differed by product type and included age, race/ethnicity, policy, and use of other tobacco products.

CONCLUSIONS:

Tobacco use is high among young adults and many are using multiple products. Efforts to implement policy and educate young adults about the risks associated with new and emerging products are critical to prevent increased initiation of tobacco use.

PMID:
24922152
PMCID:
PMC4103202
DOI:
10.2105/AJPH.2013.301802
[Indexed for MEDLINE]
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