MedicalResearch.com Interview with:
Cheryl L. Perry, Ph.D.
Professor of Health Promotion and Behavioral Sciences
The Rockwell Distinguished Chair in Society and Health
University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston (UTHealth)
School of Public Health, Austin, Texas
MedicalResearch.com: What is the background for this study? What are the main findings?
Response: There have been large changes in the social environment over the past 10 years that have affected tobacco use among youth and young adults. These include social media, e-cigarettes, and new regulations aimed at preventing use among youth.
Historically, nearly all onset of tobacco use, particularly cigarettes, occurred prior to high school graduation by age 18. Some recent national cross-sectional data suggested that onset might be occurring among young adults.
We decided to explore, with national and Texas data, whether onset of tobacco use was more likely to occur among young adults.
We did this by analyzing data from 3 studies over one year. Continue reading