Elizabeth R. Dorsey

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OBJECTIVE Youth use of cigars has increased in the USA. Understanding brand preference among youth could help explain the attraction to cigars, and develop prevention strategies. This study reports on youth characteristics associated with preferences for cigar brands. DESIGN Data are presented on 5006 students in grades 7-12 (ages 12-18 years) in(More)
The product of the neurofibromatosis type II (NF2) tumor suppressor gene, merlin, is closely related to the ezrin-radixin-moesin (ERM) family, a group of proteins believed to link the cytoskeleton to the plasma membrane. Mutation in the NF2 locus is associated with Schwann cell tumors (schwannomas). The two predominant merlin isoforms, I and II, differ only(More)
AIMS Blunts are hollowed-out cigars used to smoke marijuana (and perhaps other substances) in the United States. We investigated rates of blunt use; whether cigar use reported in surveys may actually be blunt use; the relationship of blunt to cigar use; characteristics of blunt users; brands of cigars used to make blunts; and drugs added to blunts. DESIGN(More)
BACKGROUND In the 1990s, youth use of alternative tobacco products including cigars, bidis, and kreteks increased. This article discusses the prevalence of youth use of cigars, bidis, and kreteks, and characteristics of users. METHODS The Cigar Use Reasons Evaluation (CURE)-a questionnaire assessing alternative tobacco use and associated attitudes and(More)
Youth use of cigars, bidis, and kreteks has spread as youth cigarette use has declined. This study investigates young people's attitudes toward and beliefs about these alternative tobacco products. The study used data from a convenience sample survey of 5,016 7th-through 12th-grade students in Massachusetts. The cigar attitudes receiving the highest(More)
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