Influence of Gender on Initiation of Tobacco and Nicotine Containing Product Use among U.S. Air Force Trainees
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59th Medical Wing San Antonio United States
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Tobacco use remains the leading cause of preventable death in the US. Use of tobacco and associated disease burden is increasingly concentrated among vulnerable and frequently overlapping disparity populations. In particular, recent attention has focused on young adulthood as a distinct developmental period with heightened vulnerability to initiation of tobacco and nicotine containing product TNCP use. Military personnel are a subgroup of young adults at particular risk for TNCP use. An earlier study of young adult aged 18-25years military personnel who were current smokers found that 39 retrospectively reported they initiated smoking after joining the military. There is limited prospective research among never users that examined TNCP initiation after Basic Military Training BMT. Among large samples of U.S. Air Force USAF trainees largely a racially ethnically diverse, noncollege attending young adult population, with average age of 20.5 years, between 8-11 of never smokers were found to initiate cigarette smoking within the first year after BMT initiation of smokeless tobacco ST was 7.9. However, less is known about initiation of other TNCPs e.g., Hookah and e-cigarette use.