Differences in Pain Severity and Interference between Latinx Combustible Cigarette Smokers and Dual Users with Current Pain

Michael J. Zvolensky, Justin M. Shepherd, Bryce K. Clausen, Joseph W. Ditre, Tanya Smit, Brooke Redmond

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Abstract

Latinx individuals who smoke represent a tobacco health disparities group. Yet, limited research has focused on examining dual combustible and electronic cigarette use among Latinx populations. Importantly, Latinx persons who smoke also evince elevated rates of pain problems and symptoms and prior research has consistently linked pain problems and severity to smoking prevalence, maintenance, and behavior. Accordingly, the current study sought to build from the limited work that exists among dual combustible cigarette and electronic cigarette Latinx users comparing levels of pain severity and interference. The current sample consists of 196 adult Latinx daily cigarette smokers (35.48 years old; 39.4% female), of which 72 reported current daily dual use of an e-cigarette. Results indicated that Latinx dual users reported greater levels of pain severity (ηp2 =.12) and pain interference (ηp2 =.10) than exclusive combustible cigarette users. The study adds uniquely to the limited literature on the clinical importance of dual cigarette use in relation to pain severity and interference in that pain may serve as an important risk factor for the initiation and maintenance of dual use for increased analgesic nicotine effects.

Original languageEnglish (US)
JournalBehavioral Medicine
DOIs
StateAccepted/In press - 2023

Keywords

  • Dual use
  • e-cigarette
  • health disparities
  • Latinx/Hispanic
  • pain

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Applied Psychology
  • Psychiatry and Mental health

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