Researchers examine ‘phantom’ smoker status in young cigarillo consumers

Researchers at Case Western Reserve University recently co-authored a piece titled “’Phantom smokers’: Young cigarillo users who do not identify as smokers.” Their piece was published in Drug and Alcohol Dependence.

The researchers were:

  • Rock Lim, now a student;
  • Karen J. Ishler, senior research associate at the Jack, Joseph and Morton Mandel School of Applied Social Sciences;
  • Erika S. Trapl, associate professor in the Department of Population and Quantitative Health Sciences and associate director of the Prevention Research Center for Healthy Neighborhoods; and
  • Susan Flocke, former associate director of the Prevention Research Center for Healthy Neighborhoods.

The research examined the prevalence and characteristics of those who use non-cigarette tobacco products but do not identify as smokers. These individuals often fail to recognize the health risks associated with usage and feel little push to quit.

View the article online.