By: Lewis First, MD, MS; Editor-in-Chief
Despite the efforts being made to curb conventional cigarette smoking in teens, it seems that more and more tobacco options are being marketed to teens and young adults—and one wonders what it is doing to smoking patterns practice by adolescents today.
Well wonder no more. Based on a study being released this week by Lee et al. (doi: 10.1542/peds.2014-3202) that used data from the National Youth Tobacco Survey involving almost 25,000 teens in grades 6-12. The bottom line may surprise you in that nowadays, teens who smoke are twice as likely to use at least two or more different tobacco products as those who smoke tobacco cigarettes alone.
What is contributing to the uptick in poly-tobacco use makes for an interesting read as the authors discuss the importance of flavored products, e-cigarettes, and media marketing of such products as contributing to the increasing prevalence of tobacco usage.
There is much to be learned in this study regarding the smoking habits of our teen patients—information that we should share with our patients as well. If you want to smoke out why teens are continuing to smoke and what risk factors may be enhancing their desire to do so, read this study to learn more.