UIC to Study Young Adult Use of Alternative Tobacco Products

Researchers at the University of Illinois at Chicago are about to launch of study of how young adults use tobacco alternatives, including hookahs, snus and electronic cigarettes.

“Our study is going to look at what some of their motivations are for using these products; how they use them; where they use them,” she said. “Does it increase their overall tobacco dependence? Or, perhaps, does it help them reduce their tobacco dependence?”

-Robin Mermelstein, UIC

The study will look at multiple aspects of the use of these products, such as why and how they are used, and what effect they have on tobacco dependence.

Funded with a $2.3 million federal grant, the study will track the use of non-cigarettes products via the electronic diaries of 230 test subjects, aged between 18 and 30. It also appears that study participants will be sent messages through smartphone applications regarding the safety or effectiveness of products used.

More information about the study, including how to participate, can be obtained by calling (312) 996-4528.



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