Online Program

After the FDA regulations: Youth use of flavored tobacco products

Tuesday, November 5, 2013

Joyce Morris, PhD, Oklahoma State Department of Health, Center for the Advancement of Wellness, Oklahoma City, OK
Flavored tobacco products, which are particularly attractive to youth, have become increasingly common. The attractiveness of these products to youth encourages them to start using tobacco. Despite their candy-like flavors, these products are as addictive as other tobacco products. On September 22, 2009 the Food and Drug Administration put in place a ban on cigarettes containing certain characterizing flavors. However, at this time it is not known whether this has decreased the use of flavored tobacco products among youth. Youth may have switched from flavored cigarettes to flavored cigars and/or smokeless tobacco. Starting in 2002 the Oklahoma Youth Tobacco Survey assessed the frequency of use of flavored cigarettes and cigars by students in grades 9-12. The same items were included on the surveys conducted in 2005, 2007, and 2009. An item assessing frequency of use of flavored smokeless tobacco was added to the 2009 survey. All these questions were retained in the 2011 survey. This presentation will assess whether 1) students continue to use flavored cigarettes 2) have increased their use of flavored cigars and/or smokeless tobacco, and 3) whether they have decreased their overall use of flavored tobacco products. Data were analyzed for both all students and for students who use tobacco. No statistically significant differences were found over time or before and after the regulation implementation.

Learning Areas:

Conduct evaluation related to programs, research, and other areas of practice
Public health or related public policy

Learning Objectives:
Describe the FDA regulation on flavored tobacco. Assess the effect of the FDA regulation on youth flavored tobacco use.

Keyword(s): Tobacco Policy, Primary Prevention

Presenting author's disclosure statement:

Qualified on the content I am responsible for because: I have been responsible for all aspects of the Oklahoma Youth Tobacco Survey since 2001. Using previous survey data I have completed two studies looking at the profiles of youth smokers who use flavored tobacco products versus those who do not.
Any relevant financial relationships? No

I agree to comply with the American Public Health Association Conflict of Interest and Commercial Support Guidelines, and to disclose to the participants any off-label or experimental uses of a commercial product or service discussed in my presentation.