Objectives. Affect is an important dimension of risk perceptions, which are proximal determinants of little cigar and cigarillo (LCC) smoking. We examined the association among affect, risk perceptions, and current LCC use and susceptibility in a national probability sample of US young adults, aged 18-29. Methods. Structural equation models examined the effect of affect, via risk perceptions, on LCC current use and susceptibility for 772 young adults who took the 2015 Tobacco Products and Risk Perceptions Survey, which asked about affect for images related to LCCs and health risks of daily LCC use. Results. Positive affect toward LCCs was associated with lower perceived risks of daily LCC smoking (p <.001). Lower perceived risks were associated with higher probability of current LCC smoking (p =.008) among young adults who were aware of LCCs and with susceptibility to use among young adult never LCC users (p <.001). A direct effect of positive affect on current LCC use (p <.02) and susceptibility to use LCCs also was found. Conclusions. Future research should investigate how regulatory policy or enforcement actions can be used to regulate LCC components (eg, flavoring, advertising, etc) that influence affect and risk perceptions.
- Little cigar
- Risk perception
- Young adults
ASJC Scopus subject areas
- Public Health, Environmental and Occupational Health