Vol. 66, No. 23
June 16, 2017
Electronic Cigarettes as an Introductory Tobacco Product Among Eighth and 11th Grade Tobacco Users — Oregon, 2015
Weekly / June 16, 2017 / 66(23);604–606
Jonas Z. Hines, MD1,2; Steven C. Fiala, MPH2; Katrina Hedberg, MD2 (View author affiliations)View suggested citation
What is already known about this topic?
Electronic cigarette (e-cigarette) use among youths is strongly associated with use of other tobacco products, including combustible tobacco products. Limited information exists about which tobacco product introduced youths to the use of tobacco products after e-cigarettes became widely available in the late 2000s.
What is added by this report?
In 2015, e-cigarettes were commonly reported as the introductory tobacco product among youths who had ever used or currently use any tobacco product and cigarette smokers in eighth and 11th grades in Oregon.
What are the implications for public health practice?
The findings of this study underscore the importance of proven interventions to prevent all forms of tobacco use, including e-cigarettes, among youths.