October 23, 2017

Study Finds E-Cigarette Use Among Non-Smoking Youth Associated with Intentions to Smoke Conventional Cigarettes

Posted on September 16, 2015 by in Drug Legalization and Student Drug Use, News

University of Maryland Seal


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).

CESAR FAX 24-08 (Intention to Smoke Cigs Among E-Cig Users)