Study Finds E-Cigarette Use Among Non-Smoking Youth Associated with Intentions to Smoke Conventional Cigarettes
From CESAR FAX.
Slightly more than one-fifth (21.9%) of 6th-12th grade students who have never smoked cigarettes say they intend* to use tobacco cigarettes in the future, according to data from the 2011-2013 National Youth Tobacco Survey. Non-smoking youth who had ever used e-cigarettes were nearly twice as likely to have intentions to smoke conventional cigarettes in the future than those who had never tried e-cigarettes (43.9% vs. 21.5%; see figure below). While it is not possible in this study to determine the causal direction of the association between e-cigarette use and intention to smoke, the authors conclude that “[i]rrespective of causality, nonsmoking youth who use e-cigarettes have nearly double the rate of smoking intention, a finding which, from a public health perspective, merits prevention efforts to protect youth” (p. 7).
*The two questions used to define cigarette smoking intention were future intention (use one year from now) and peer influence (would you smoke if a best friend offered you a cigarette).