Marijuana, Alcohol and E-Cigarette Use Associations
A recent study published in the Journal of Adolescent Health examined associations among various substances in a large Canadian youth sample. The study found youth e-cigarette use was linked to current and past marijuana use, cigarette smoking, binge drinking, and drinking alcohol mixed with energy drinks.
This study confirms many others that show interconnections among substance use behaviors of youth. In this study’s case, that data suggests that efforts to prevent e-cigarette use might best target other substance use, including marijuana, alcohol and cigarette consumption.
The good news is that evidence-based programs that have already been shown to prevent marijuana, alcohol and cigarette use, such as the SPORT Prevention Plus Wellness (PPW) program, may also have a positive preventive effect on youth e-cigarette use.
Organizations implementing SPORT PPW might consider including a measure of e-cigarette use to their evaluation instruments to assess the efficacy of SPORT PPW to prevent e-cigarette consumption among youth.
To read the entire research article: http://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S1054139X16304074