First-year college students' interest in trying dissolvable tobacco products

Drug Alcohol Depend. 2014 Jan 1:134:309-313. doi: 10.1016/j.drugalcdep.2013.10.025. Epub 2013 Nov 6.


Background: Dissolvable tobacco products (DTPs) have been introduced into test markets in the U.S. We sought to gauge the level of interest in trying these products and correlates of interest among potential consumers.

Methods: A web-based survey of freshman at 11 universities in North Carolina and Virginia was conducted in fall 2010. Multivariable logistic regression analyses were used to identify correlates of students' likelihood to try DTPs if offered a free sample.

Results: Weighted prevalence of likelihood to try DTPs was 3.7%. Significant correlates of likelihood to try included male gender, current cigarette smoking, current snus use, sensation seeking, lifetime illicit drug use, and perceived health risk of using DTPs. Among current smokers, current snus use, current use of chewing tobacco, and considering quitting smoking were associated with likelihood to try DTPs.

Conclusions: While overall interest in trying these products was low, current users of cigarettes and snus were much more likely than others in trying a free sample. Some current smokers may consider DTPs to be an aid to smoking cessation, although the population-level impact of introducing these products is unknown.

Keywords: College students; Experimentation; Smokeless tobacco.

Publication types

  • Research Support, N.I.H., Extramural

MeSH terms

  • Administration, Oral
  • Adolescent
  • Cohort Studies
  • Data Collection / methods
  • Humans
  • Smoking / epidemiology
  • Smoking / psychology*
  • Smoking Cessation / methods*
  • Students / psychology*
  • Tablets
  • Tobacco Products*
  • Universities*
  • Young Adult


  • Tablets