Tobacco Use Disorder: Risk for

Adolescence and young adulthood is a vulnerable period for experimentation with tobacco use. According to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, approximately 90% of cigarette smokers try their first cigarette by age 18 years and nearly 99% try one by age 26 years. The transition from experimentation to dependence typically occurs during these same developmental stages. It is therefore important to identify those factors that place individuals at risk for tobacco use disorder. The risk factors are abundant and include gender, socioeconomic status (SES), genetics, and mental health status.


Men have higher rates of use of all tobacco products as compared with women. For cigarette smoking, the gender gap has narrowed over the past few decades, though men remain more likely to use cigarettes ...

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