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NCJ Number: 237501 Find in a Library
Title: Boost Your High: Cigarette Smoking To Enhance Alcohol and Drug Effects Among Southeast Asian American Youth
Journal: Journal of Drug Issues  Volume:41  Issue:4  Dated:Fall 2011  Pages:509-522
Author(s): Sharon Lipperman-Kreda; Juliet P. Lee
Date Published: 2011
Page Count: 14
Sponsoring Agency: California Tobacco Related Disease Research Program
Oakland, CA 94612-3534
National Institute on Drug Abuse
Bethesda, MD 20892-9561
Grant Number: R01-DA18281;18BT-0044
Type: Report (Study/Research)
Format: Article
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: This study investigated the social meanings of drugs and drug use for second-generation Asian-American youth.
Abstract: This study examined: 1) whether using cigarettes to enhance the effects of other drugs (here referred to as "boosting") is a unique practice related to blunts (i.e., small cheap cigars hollowed out and filled with cannabis) or marijuana use only; 2) the prevalence of boosting among drug-using young people; and 3) the relationship between boosting and other drug-related risk behaviors. Data were collected from 89 Southeast Asian-American young people in Northern California. Seventy-two percent reported any lifetime boosting. Results of linear regression analyses show a positive relationship between frequency of boosting to enhance alcohol high and number of drinks per occasion. Boosting was also associated with use of blunts and with the number of blunts on a typical day. Boosting may be common among drug-using Southeast Asian youths, and the study's findings indicate a need for further research on boosting as an aspect of cigarette uptake and maintenance among drug- and alcohol-involved youths. (Published Abstract)
Main Term(s): Juvenile drug use
Index Term(s): Asian Americans; California; Drug effects; South-East Asia; Tobacco use; Underage Drinking
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