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The Use of Flavored Cigars to Smoke Marijuana in a Sample of US Adults Co-using Cigarettes and Marijuana

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Objective: We examined prevalence and correlates of use of flavored versus unflavored cigars to smoke marijuana in the form of "blunts." Methods: Participants (N = 105) from the United States (US) who were > 18 years of age, smoked cigarettes daily, and used marijuana on at least 20 of the past 30 days were recruited via Amazon Mechanical Turk to complete a Web-based survey of demographic, tobacco use, and marijuana use characteristics. Results: The proportion of participants who reported ever smoking a cigar with marijuana in it and within the past 30 days was 74% (N = 78) and 35% (N = 37), respectively. Of the 78 participants who reported ever smoking a cigar with marijuana, 83% (N = 64) used a flavored cigar wrapper. Contrary to our hypotheses, ever use of flavored cigar wrapper to smoke marijuana was not associated with age, sex, or race, nor was it associated with any other participant characteristic. Conclusions: In this small convenience sample of US adults co-using cigarettes and marijuana, use of flavored cigars to smoke marijuana was common but was not associated with demographic, tobacco use, or marijuana use characteristics. Future research may consider how regulating flavors in cigars may impact marijuana use.
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Document Type: Research Article

Publication date: April 1, 2017

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  • Tobacco Regulatory Science (Electronic ISSN 2333-9748) is a rigorously peer-reviewed online scientific journal for the dissemination of research relevant to the regulation of tobacco products. The journal content includes a broad array of research domains, including chemistry, biology, behavior, community, and population-level surveillance and epidemiology, as well as knowledge syntheses (eg, meta-analyses or state-of-the-art reviews) and analytic modeling. All articles describe the policy relevance of the research outcomes. Given the global nature of tobacco regulation, particularly as a result of international and national policies, Tobacco Regulatory Science publishes high quality research that is relevant to global regulatory needs and requirements. Tobacco Regulatory Science is published electronically 6 times per year.
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