A Multiple Indicators and Multiple Causes Model of Alternative Tobacco Use

Authors: Nasim, Aashir1; Blank, Melissa D.2; Cobb, Caroline O.3; Eissenberg, Thomas4

Source: American Journal of Health Behavior, Volume 37, Number 1, January 2013 , pp. 25-31(7)

Publisher: PNG Publications

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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.

Keywords: ADOLESCENTS; ALTERNATIVE TOBACCO PRODUCT USE; CIGARETTE SMOKING; POLYTOBACCO

Document Type: Research Article

DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.5993/AJHB.37.1.3

Affiliations: 1: Virginia Commonwealth University, Institute for Drug and Alcohol Studies, Department of Psychology, Richmond, VA, USA. anasim@vcu.edu 2: Moffitt Cancer Center, Tobacco Research & Intervention Program, Tampa, FL, USA 3: Virginia Commonwealth University, Department of Psychology, Richmond, VA, USA 4: Virginia Commonwealth University, Institute for Drug and Alcohol Studies, Department of Psychology, Richmond, VA, USA

Publication date: January 1, 2013

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