Researchers used data from the National Institutes of Health and Food and Drug Administration's Population Assessment of Tobacco and Health to track the responses of adolescents between the ages of 12 and 17 from 2013 to 2015. They studied ever, former, and past 30-day use of noncigarette tobacco products in 4 categories: e-cigarettes, hookah, noncigarette combustible tobacco (bidis, cigarillos, filtered cigars, kreteks, pipes, and traditional cigars), and smokeless tobacco at baseline.
By the end of that year, 469 youth, or about 5 percent, had tried a cigarette and 219, or roughly 2 percent, had smoked within the past month, the study found. Compared with baseline never tobacco users, youths who had tried more than one type of tobacco product at baseline had 3.81-fold increased adjusted odds of past 30-day cigarette smoking.
Results: Although electronic cigarettes are the most common form of noncigarette tobacco used by young people, any use of all forms of noncigarette tobacco was associated with a greater risk of future conventional cigarette smoking. This may have weakened some connections between cigarette smoking and other tobacco products, the authors note.
It also mandated that tobacco companies place graphic images showing the harmful effects of smoking on the upper part of cigarette packs in 2016.More news: Tuukka Rask Named NHL's First Star For December
Cigarette ever use was reported at a higher rate amongst teens who had ever used e-cigarettes at (78 [19.1%]), hookah (60 [18.3%]), non-cigarette combustible tobacco (45 [19.2%]), or smokeless tobacco (29 [18.8%]) at baseline. Using multiple products further increased the odds.
A year later, the teens were asked once again about their tobacco use.
The success rate for people who used e-cigarettes was 40 percent lower than the rate for people who did not use the products, the study found.
"Products like e cigarettes are essentially gateways to smoking cigarettes", Chandler said. "The estimated health risks of non-cigarette tobacco products should include the addition health consequences of future cigarette use".More news: Trump weighs-in on Oprah's potential presidential run
And in another report released Tuesday, researchers said that almost 3 million American teens had been exposed to online marketing of tobacco, as cigarette manufacturers have shifted their marketing strategies from traditional forms of media to the internet.
"I'm perhaps surprised about how similar the relationships were for each product across the board", Watkins said.
"As role models for public health in San Antonio, we're excited to improve the tobacco-free status and resources of UT Health San Antonio to help our faculty, staff, students, and visitors have the healthiest lives possible", Dr. Amelie G. Ramirez said.More news: Rick & Morty Writer: Don't Expect Season 4 Until Late 2019