ERIC Number: EJ1024618
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2013
Abstractor: As Provided
Knowledge and Attitudes toward Hookah Usage among University Students
Holtzman, Adam L.; Babinski, Dara; Merlo, Lisa J.
Journal of American College Health, v61 n6 p362-370 2013
Objective: Hookah smoking is a popular form of tobacco use on university campuses. This study documented use, attitudes, and knowledge of hookah smoking among college students. Participants: The sample included 943 university students recruited between February 2009 and January 2010. Respondents ("M" age = 20.02) included 376 males, 533 females, and 34 who did not report sex. Methods: An anonymous online questionnaire was completed by respondents. Results: In this sample, 42.9% of college students had tried hookah, and 40% of those individuals had used it in the past 30 days. Students perceived fewer negative consequences of hookah smoking compared with cigarette smoking. Age, sex, racial background, marijuana/cigarette use, and perceptions of side effects were significantly associated with hookah use. Conclusions: University students are misinformed regarding the health consequences of hookah smoking. Programs aimed at education, prevention, and intervention for hookah use are needed to address this growing public health concern.
Descriptors: College Students, Student Attitudes, Knowledge Level, Smoking, Age Differences, Gender Differences, Racial Differences, Marijuana, Individual Characteristics, Questionnaires
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Higher Education; Postsecondary Education
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