ERIC Number: EJ991016
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2013
Reference Count: 12
Factors Associated with Perceptions of Hookah Addictiveness and Harmfulness among Young Adults
Noonan, Devon; Patrick, Megan E.
Substance Abuse, v34 n1 p83-85 2013
Hookah smoking is a form of tobacco use that is growing in popularity in the United States. College-aged students, who are known to experiment with multiple forms of tobacco, are particularly vulnerable to this tobacco trend. There is a common misconception that hookah smoking is not as dangerous as other forms of tobacco, which may help explain the recent uptake of hookah, especially among young adults. However, recent research suggests that, much like cigarette smoking, hookah smoking is associated with adverse health effects including various cancers and respiratory illnesses and that hookah smoking may be as addictive as cigarette smoking. The relationship between perceptions of hookah harm and addictiveness and demographic and tobacco use habits remains unclear in the young adult and college student population. Therefore, the purpose of the current study was to examine factors associated with perceived harm and perceived addictiveness of hookah smoking among young adult college attenders. This information will be useful when developing prevention programs for hookah use aimed at decreasing misconceptions and increasing the awareness of health risks surrounding this type of tobacco use with the ultimate goal of reducing nicotine addiction in an at-risk population.
Descriptors: Prevention, At Risk Persons, Addictive Behavior, Smoking, Misconceptions, Young Adults, Health Behavior, College Students
Routledge. Available from: Taylor & Francis, Ltd. 325 Chestnut Street Suite 800, Philadelphia, PA 19106. Tel: 800-354-1420; Fax: 215-625-2940; Web site: http://www.tandf.co.uk/journals
Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Higher Education
Authoring Institution: N/A