Did You Know – Young Adult Smokers have Less Intention to Quit Compared to Older Adults

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Young adults have high smoking rates and low utilization of evidence-based smoking cessation strategies. A recently published study investigated smoking cessation intentions, strategy use, and socioeconomic predictors of strategy use among young adult smokers (age 18-24) and compared patterns to those of older adults (age 25-64).

 

Findings included:

·         Young adults planned to quit on a longer time frame, expressed lower interest in quitting, and were more confident they would be successful, compared to older adults.

·         Young adults were significantly less likely to use pharmacotherapy.

·         Both groups reported using product substitution, primarily with e-cigarettes, more than any evidence-based cessation strategy.

·         Socioeconomic predictors of cessation strategy use did not differ between age groups.

 

The researchers concluded that more research on why young adult smokers underutilize evidence-based cessation support is needed, as are innovative efforts to increase intentions to quit and utilization of cessation assistance.

 

Source: Watkins et al. (2018). Cold Turkey and Hot Vapes? A national study of young adult cigarette cessation strategies. Nicotine & Tobacco Research, Dec 26. doi: 10.1093/ntr/nty270. [Epub ahead of print]

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