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Public Health Reports: E-Cigarette Use and Future Cigarette Initiation Among Never Smokers and Relapse Among Former Smokers in the PATH Study

In a recent article in Public Health Reports, Drs. Robert McMillen, Jonathan D. Klein, Karen Wilson, Jonathan P. Winickoff, and Susanne Tanski of American Academy of Pediatrics examined correlates of e-cigarette use at baseline with combustible cigarette smoking at 1-year follow-up among adult distant former combustible cigarette smokers (i.e., quit smoking 5 years ago) and never smokers. The Population Assessment of Tobacco and Health Study was used to survey 26,446 US adults during 2 waves: 2013-2014 (baseline) and 2014-2015 (1-year follow-up). Results indicated that distant former combustible cigarette smokers who reported e-cigarette past 30-day use and ever use were significantly likelier than those who had never used e-cigarettes to have relapsed to current combustible cigarette smoking at follow-up. Never smokers who reported e-cigarette past 30-day and ever use were significantly likelier than those who had never used e-cigarettes to have initiated combustible cigarette smoking. Adults who reported past 30-day e-cigarette use and ever e-cigarette use were likelier than those who had never used e-cigarettes to have transitioned from never smokers to current combustible cigarette smokers. The authors concluded that policies and counseling should consider the increased risk for nonsmokers of future combustible cigarette smoking use as a result of using e-cigarettes and any potential harm-reduction benefits e-cigarettes might bring to current combustible cigarette smokers.

Full article.

Public Health Reports (PHR) is the official journal of the Office of the U.S. Surgeon General and the U.S. Public Health Service and has been published since 1878. The journal is peer-reviewed and publishes original research, reviews, and commentaries in the areas of public health practice and methodology, original research, public health law, and teaching at schools and programs of public health schools and teaching. It is published bimonthly, plus supplement issues, through an official agreement with the Association of Schools and Programs of Public HealthPHR’s mission is to facilitate the movement of science into public health practice and policy to positively affect the health and wellness of the American public.

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