Flavored Tobacco Use Among U.S. Adults by Age Group: 2013–2014

Hongying Dai, Jianqiang Hao

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Abstract

Objective: This study sought to assess patterns of flavored tobacco product (FTP) use and their associations with (1) susceptibility to smoke cigarettes among young adults aged 18–29 who have never smoked; (2) quit attempts in the past 12 months among current cigarette users by age group (18–29, 30–49, and 50+). Methods: We used the 2013–2014 National Adult Tobacco Survey (n = 75,233) to estimate the prevalence of single-, dual-, and poly-use of FTP (menthol cigarettes, e-cigarettes, cigars, regular pipes/hookahs, and smokeless). Logistic regression models were performed to examine the associations between FTP use and smoking behaviors. Results: Among current tobacco users, young adults aged 18–29 (72.7%) had a higher prevalence of FTP use than other age groups (30–49: 51.7% and 50+: 37.9%). For FTP use within each age group, dual- and poly-FTP use was most popular among young adults aged 18–29 and menthol cigarette use was most popular among older adults aged 50+. Compared with not using any tobacco products, FTP use was associated with higher odds of susceptibility to cigarette smoking among young adult never smokers (single FTP use: aOR =5.5, CI: 4.2–7.3; dual/poly FTP use: aOR =10.7, CI: 6.2–18.4). FTP use was not associated with quit attempts among current cigarettes users aged under 50, while dual/poly-FTP use was associated with higher odds of quit attempts among current cigarette users aged 50 + (aOR =1.7, CI: 1.2–2.4). Conclusions: This study shows the heterogeneity of FTP use among adults by age group and demonstrates its associations with susceptibility to cigarette smoking among young adult never smokers.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)315-323
Number of pages9
JournalSubstance Use and Misuse
Volume54
Issue number2
DOIs
StatePublished - Jan 28 2019

Keywords

  • Flavored tobacco product (FTP)
  • National Adult Tobacco Survey (NATS)
  • quit attempts
  • susceptibility to cigarette smoking

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Medicine (miscellaneous)
  • Health(social science)
  • Public Health, Environmental and Occupational Health
  • Psychiatry and Mental health

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