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Cigars, Cigarettes, and Adolescents

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Objective : To examine public health implications of adolescent use of cigars only, cigarettes only, and both cigarettes and cigars.

Methods : A cross-sectional health risk survey was administered to a random sample of 4486 high school students in a Midwestern county.

Results : More adolescents reported using both cigarettes and cigars (10.6) than cigar-only (7.4) or cigarette-only (6.4). Product of initiation was associated with current product use. Dual use was associated with more frequent use of both products, high stress, and susceptibility to future cigarette use.

Conclusion : Assessing cigarette use without examining cigar use overlooks a critical dimension of adolescent tobacco use.
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Keywords: adolescent smoking; adolescent tobacco use; cigars; smoking initiation

Document Type: Research Article

Affiliations: 1 Graduate Student, University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, NC.

Publication date: 2008-11-01

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