Longitudinal associations of substance use risk profiles with the use of alternative tobacco products and conventional smoking among adolescents

Marieke Hiemstra*, Andrea Rozema, Maria Jansen, Hans Van Oers, Jolanda Mathijssen

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Abstract

Although personality is associated with the onset of substance use (i.e., conventional smoking, alcohol use, and cannabis use) during adolescence, it is unclear whether personality traits are also associated with the onset of use of alternative tobacco products (ATPs), i.e., electronic cigarettes, shisha-pens, and water pipes. This study examines whether personality traits are associated with the onset of use of both conventional cigarettes and ATPs. Longitudinal data (baseline and 18-month follow-up) were used. The sample consisted of 1114 non-user adolescents (mean age = 13.36, SD = 0.93, 56% female) at baseline. To measure personality traits, the Substance Use Risk Profile Scale was used with four subscales: anxiety sensitivity, hopelessness, sensation seeking, and impulsivity. Structural equation models were conducted using Mplus 7.3. Results showed that both hopelessness and sensation seeking were associated with the onset of use of e-cigarettes and conventional cigarettes. Further, sensation seeking and impulsivity were associated with the onset of use of shisha-pens and water pipes. In conclusion, to prevent adolescents from using ATPs and/or conventional cigarettes, it is important to take their personality traits into account. More research on other (shared) risk factors and on more advanced stages of ATP use is needed before effective prevention strategies can be developed
Original languageEnglish
Article number13248
Number of pages11
JournalInternational Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health
Volume18
Issue number24
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2021

Keywords

  • CONCURRENT
  • E-CIGARETTE USE
  • HIGH-SCHOOL-STUDENTS
  • IMPULSIVITY
  • PERSONALITY
  • PREDICTIVE-VALIDITY
  • SCALE
  • SENSATION SEEKING
  • SENSITIVITY
  • UNITED-STATES
  • adolescents
  • conventional smoking
  • e-cigarette
  • personality traits
  • shisha-pen
  • tobacco use
  • water pipe

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