introduction Youth tobacco use rates in Appalachia exceed the US national average, and e-cigarette use has increased. Thus, further research is needed to understand how these youth receive and share product information. methods Middle and high school students in rural Appalachia were surveyed (N=1103). The primary outcome, tobacco use, was categorized as: never users, cigarette-only users, smokeless-only users, e-cigarette-only users, and polytobacco users. Associations between receiving or sharing conventional tobacco-related or e-cigarette-related information via specific communication channels and tobacco use were assessed. results Participants who received tobacco information from friends and family (FF) (OR=1.87; 95% CI: 1.35–2.57), public displays (PUB) (OR=1.49; 95% CI: 1.09–2.05), and digital media (DIG) (OR=1.95; 95% CI: 1.41–2.70) and e-cigarette information via the same communication channels, FF (OR=2.65; 95% CI: 1.93–3.65), PUB (OR=1.62; 95% CI: 1.17–2.26), and DIG (OR=2.24; 95% CI: 1.61–3.12), had greater odds of being polytobacco users, compared to never users. Participants who received e-cigarette-related information from FF (OR=2.42; 95% CI: 1.42–4.13) and PUB (OR=2.13; 95% CI: 1.25–3.65) had greater odds of being e-cigarette-only users compared to never users. Participants who shared e-cigarette-related information with FF had greater odds of being e-cigarette-only users (OR=3.16; 95% CI: 1.80–5.58) and polytobacco users (OR=4.48; 95% CI: 3.16–6.35) compared to never users. conclusions Receiving and sharing tobacco-related and e-cigarette-related information via multiple communication channels is associated with e-cigarette and polytobacco use among Appalachian youth. Several channels may need to be utilized in health campaigns to influence youth.
Bibliographical noteFunding Information:
1This work was supported by the National Science Foundation (Grant IIS-10916918).
© 2020. Mattingly D. T. et al. This is an Open Access article distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution NonCommercial 4.0 International License. (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc/4.0).
- communication channels
- tobacco products
- tobacco use
ASJC Scopus subject areas
- Health(social science)
- Health Professions (miscellaneous)
- Public Health, Environmental and Occupational Health