Understand how poly-use is the dominant pattern of tobacco and e-cigarette use in U.S. youth and why focus on interventions to reduce tobacco use in youth should account for increased complexity in patterns of use.
Andrea Villanti is an Associate Professor at the Department of Psychiatry at the Vermont Center on Behavior and Health, University Vermont. Her research is focused on tobacco use, including young adult tobacco prevention and cessation and translational research to improve tobacco control policy and program decision-making.
Andrea recommends that to reduce tobacco’s long-term health toll, that focus needs to be on preventing the escalation and entrenchment of smoking in young people. Traditional interventions for youth have focused on preventing smoking initiation, and interventions for adults have focused on smoking cessation; both have failed to address the needs of young people who are early users of tobacco. Tobacco interventions for youth and young adults should focus on understanding and interrupting transitions between experimentation with tobacco products and established smoking behavior for maximum population benefit.
PhD in social and behavioral sciences, Department of Health, Behavior and Society, Bloomberg School of Public Health, Johns Hopkins University, Baltimore, MD
MPH, Department of Sociomedical Sciences, Mailman School of Public Health, Columbia University, New York, NY