Evidence that smokeless tobacco use is a gateway for smoking initiation in young adult males.

@article{Haddock2001EvidenceTS,
  title={Evidence that smokeless tobacco use is a gateway for smoking initiation in young adult males.},
  author={Christopher keith Haddock and Mark W. Vander Weg and Margaret Debon and Robert C. Klesges and Gerald W. Talcott and H. A. Lando and Alan L. Peterson},
  journal={Preventive medicine},
  year={2001},
  volume={32 3},
  pages={262-7}
}
BACKGROUND This study was designed to test the hypothesis that smokeless tobacco (SLT) serves as a gateway drug for smoking among young adult males. Methods. A cohort (n = 7,865) of U.S. Air Force recruits who claimed to have never smoked cigarettes was followed prospectively for 1 year. The participants were male, 32.9% were ethnic minorities, and their average age was 19.84 years (SD = 2.29). Among recruits entering basic military training, 403 (5.1%) reported current SLT use and 198 (2.5… CONTINUE READING