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Binge drinking and marijuana use among menthol and non-menthol adolescent smokers: findings from the youth smoking survey.
Addict Behav. 2014 Mar; 39(3):740-3.AB

Abstract

INTRODUCTION

Research has shown that smoking menthol cigarettes induces smoking initiation and hinders cessation efforts especially among youth. The objective of this paper is to examine the association between menthol cigarette smoking and substance use among adolescent students in Canada.

METHODS

A nationally representative cross-sectional sample of 4466 Canadian students in grades 7 to 12 from the 2010-2011 Youth Smoking Survey is analyzed. A bivariate probit model is used jointly to examine the association of menthol smoking status with binge drinking and marijuana use.

RESULTS

32% of the current smokers in grades 7 to 12 smoke mentholated cigarettes, 73% are binge drinkers and 79% use marijuana. Results of the bivariate probit regression analysis, controlling for other covariates, show statistically significant differences in the likelihood of binge drinking and marijuana use between menthol and non-menthol smokers. Menthol cigarette smokers are 6% (ME=0.06, 95% CI=0.03-0.09) more likely to binge drink and 7% (ME=0.07, 95% CI=0.05-0.10) more likely to use marijuana.

CONCLUSION

Smoking menthol cigarettes is associated with a higher likelihood of binge drinking and marijuana use among Canadian adolescents. Banning menthol in cigarettes may be beneficial to public health.

Authors+Show Affiliations

Propel Centre for Population Health Impact, University of Waterloo, Canada; School of Public Health and Health Systems, University of Waterloo, Canada. Electronic address: sazagba@uwaterloo.ca.Department of Economics, Faculty of Commerce, Damanhour University, Egypt.

Pub Type(s)

Journal Article

Language

eng

PubMed ID

24369112

Citation

Azagba, Sunday, and Mesbah F. Sharaf. "Binge Drinking and Marijuana Use Among Menthol and Non-menthol Adolescent Smokers: Findings From the Youth Smoking Survey." Addictive Behaviors, vol. 39, no. 3, 2014, pp. 740-3.
Azagba S, Sharaf MF. Binge drinking and marijuana use among menthol and non-menthol adolescent smokers: findings from the youth smoking survey. Addict Behav. 2014;39(3):740-3.
Azagba, S., & Sharaf, M. F. (2014). Binge drinking and marijuana use among menthol and non-menthol adolescent smokers: findings from the youth smoking survey. Addictive Behaviors, 39(3), 740-3. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.addbeh.2013.12.005
Azagba S, Sharaf MF. Binge Drinking and Marijuana Use Among Menthol and Non-menthol Adolescent Smokers: Findings From the Youth Smoking Survey. Addict Behav. 2014;39(3):740-3. PubMed PMID: 24369112.
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TY - JOUR T1 - Binge drinking and marijuana use among menthol and non-menthol adolescent smokers: findings from the youth smoking survey. AU - Azagba,Sunday, AU - Sharaf,Mesbah F, Y1 - 2013/12/10/ PY - 2013/11/18/received PY - 2013/12/04/accepted PY - 2013/12/27/entrez PY - 2013/12/27/pubmed PY - 2014/9/16/medline KW - Adolescents KW - Binge drinking KW - Bivariate probit KW - Canada KW - Marijuana use KW - Menthol cigarette smoking SP - 740 EP - 3 JF - Addictive behaviors JO - Addict Behav VL - 39 IS - 3 N2 - INTRODUCTION: Research has shown that smoking menthol cigarettes induces smoking initiation and hinders cessation efforts especially among youth. The objective of this paper is to examine the association between menthol cigarette smoking and substance use among adolescent students in Canada. METHODS: A nationally representative cross-sectional sample of 4466 Canadian students in grades 7 to 12 from the 2010-2011 Youth Smoking Survey is analyzed. A bivariate probit model is used jointly to examine the association of menthol smoking status with binge drinking and marijuana use. RESULTS: 32% of the current smokers in grades 7 to 12 smoke mentholated cigarettes, 73% are binge drinkers and 79% use marijuana. Results of the bivariate probit regression analysis, controlling for other covariates, show statistically significant differences in the likelihood of binge drinking and marijuana use between menthol and non-menthol smokers. Menthol cigarette smokers are 6% (ME=0.06, 95% CI=0.03-0.09) more likely to binge drink and 7% (ME=0.07, 95% CI=0.05-0.10) more likely to use marijuana. CONCLUSION: Smoking menthol cigarettes is associated with a higher likelihood of binge drinking and marijuana use among Canadian adolescents. Banning menthol in cigarettes may be beneficial to public health. SN - 1873-6327 UR - https://www.unboundmedicine.com/medline/citation/24369112/Binge_drinking_and_marijuana_use_among_menthol_and_non_menthol_adolescent_smokers:_findings_from_the_youth_smoking_survey_ L2 - https://linkinghub.elsevier.com/retrieve/pii/S0306-4603(13)00429-2 DB - PRIME DP - Unbound Medicine ER -