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Key Findings: Intentions to smoke cigarettes among never-smoking U.S. middle and high school electronic cigarette users, National Youth Tobacco Survey, 2011-2013

The journal Nicotine & Tobacco Research has published a new study that focuses on middle and high school students who have never smoked cigarettes but who have used e-cigarettes. Researchers from CDC, FDA, and Georgia State University found that during 2011-2013, the number of youth who had never smoked a cigarette but had used e-cigarettes at least once increased three-fold. Never-smokers who had ever used e-cigarettes were nearly twice as likely to have an intention to smoke conventional cigarettes than never smokers who had not used e-cigarettes. The study concludes that enhanced prevention efforts for youth are important for all forms of tobacco, including e-cigarettes.

Read more below for a summary of findings from this article.

Main Findings From This Study

  • The number of never-smoking youth who used e-cigarettes increased from 79,000 in 2011 to more than 263,000 in 2013.
    • Among never-smokers who had used e-cigarettes at least once, 43.9% had an intention to smoke conventional cigarettes.
    • Among never smokers who had never used e-cigarettes, 21.5% had an intention to smoke conventional cigarettes.
  • Of all student who had never smoked a cigarette, 90% reported some level of exposure to advertising or promotions for cigarettes or other tobacco products.
    • Never smokers who reported exposure to tobacco advertising or promotions had higher rates of intention to smoke cigarettes than those without exposures.
      • On the Internet, 26.3% vs. 18.8%
      • In magazines and newspapers, 25.4% versus 19.8%
      • In retail environments, 23.3% versus 17.1%
      • On television or movies, 23.3% versus 18.5%

About This Study

This study looked at student-reported information collected as part of the National Youth Tobacco Survey during 2011-2013. Researchers analyzed data on nearly 62,000 U.S. students enrolled in grades 6-12 in both public and private schools during that time frame. Nearly 44,000 of those students said they had never smoked a cigarette.

Reference for Key Findings Feature

  1. Bunnell RE, Agaku IT, Arrazola R, Apelberg BJ, Caraballo RS, Corey CG, Coleman B, Dube SR, King BA.Intentions to smoke cigarettes among never-smoking U.S. middle and high school electronic cigarette users, National Youth Tobacco Survey, 2011-2013. Nicotine and Tobacco Research. 2014 Aug 20. [Epub ahead of print]
 
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