LOOP TAT Receives an Honor; New Research on Adolescents & Tobacco Dependence

LOOP Tailored Assistance Trainer Dr. Richard Greggory Johnson III Selected as a Fellow by the National Academy of Public Administration

[From www.usfca.edu] SAN FRANCISCO (September 24, 2020) – The University of San Francisco announced that Dr. Richard Greggory Johnson III has been selected by the National Academy of Public Administration (the Academy) for inclusion in its 2020 Class of Academy Fellows, in recognition of his years of public administration service and expertise. Induction of the45 new Fellows will occur during the annual Academy Fall Meeting, which will take place virtually November 5-10.

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New Adolescent Smokers Who Are African American Are More Likely To Manifest Tobacco Dependence

Time to first cigarette (TTFC) after waking is a highly regarded and readily measured manifestation of a tobacco dependence process. A study examined TTFC in a sample of 12-21-year-old new smokers. Researchers studied 8,188 newly incident smokers, all assessed within six months after the first puff. A ‘short’ TTFC was defined as smoking thefirst cigarette after waking up within 30 min vs. ‘long’ TTFC or smoking more than 30 min.
Findings included:

  • Among underage newly incident smokers (12-17 years old), an estimated 5.2% experienced short TTFC within 6 months after CS onset versus 3.7% for older new smokers.
  • Underage smokers are 1.5 times more likely to develop short TTFC compared to older initiates.
  • No male-female variations are seen.
  • Non-Hispanic African American initiates are twice as likely to develop short TTFC, and Hispanic initiates are less likely to develop short TTFC, as compared with non-Hispanic White smokers.

Source: Xue et al. (2020).  ‘Time to first tobacco cigarette soon after waking’ occurs more often among underage newly incident smokers in the United States, 2004-2017. Addictive Behaviors, Jul 1;111:106535.

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