Subjective experiences at first use of cigarette, e-cigarettes, hookah, and cigar products among Texas adolescents

Dale S. Mantey, Melissa B. Harrell, Kathleen Case, Brittani Crook, Steven H. Kelder, Cheryl L. Perry

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Abstract

Introduction Subjective experiences (“SEs”) at first cigarette use have been thoroughly examined; however, limited research has examined SEs at first use of non-cigarette products. This study addresses this gap in the literature. Methods Cross-sectional data from 6th, 8th and 10th grade students in four metropolitan areas of Texas (n = 3907/N = 461,069). Nausea, coughing, relaxation, rush/buzz, and dizziness at first use were assessed for cigarettes, e-cigarettes, hookah, and cigar products. Chi-square analyses examined differences in the prevalence of first use SEs by product. Weighted multiple logistic regression analyses examined the association of SEs and current product use. Covariates were grade, gender, race/ethnicity, and current other tobacco product use. Results Exploratory factor analysis of SEs determined differing factor structures across tobacco products. For example, the following items loaded onto the positive SE factor: 1) relaxation, rush, and dizziness for cigarettes, and 2) relaxation and rush for e-cigarettes, hookah, and cigar products. Prevalence of negative SEs (coughing and nausea) were higher for cigarette and cigar products compared to e-cigarettes and hookah. Positive SEs for cigarettes were associated with increased odds of current cigarette use (AOR = 1.51); similarly positive SEs for cigars were associated with increased odds of current cigar use (AOR = 2.11). Feeling nauseous at first use of cigars was associated with decreased odds of current cigar use (AOR = 0.18). No SEs were associated with current e-cigarette or hookah use. Conclusions Subjective experiences at first use differ by tobacco product. Longitudinal studies are needed to examine temporal relationships between SEs at first use and sustained tobacco use.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)10-16
Number of pages7
JournalDrug and Alcohol Dependence
Volume173
DOIs
StatePublished - Apr 1 2017
Externally publishedYes

Keywords

  • Adolescents
  • Subjective experiences
  • Tobacco

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Toxicology
  • Pharmacology
  • Psychiatry and Mental health
  • Pharmacology (medical)

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