Waterpipe tobacco smoking on a U.S. College campus: prevalence and correlates.

Research paper by Thomas T Eissenberg, Kenneth D KD Ward, Stephanie S Smith-Simone, Wasim W Maziak

Indexed on: 15 Apr '08Published on: 15 Apr '08Published in: Journal of Adolescent Health


Waterpipe tobacco smoking is reported to be growing in popularity, particularly among college students. This study examined the prevalence of waterpipe tobacco smoking prevalence and perceptions in a university-based population.This was a cross-sectional Internet-based survey of first-year university students, which examined waterpipe tobacco smoking and other tobacco use, risk perceptions, influences, and perceived social acceptability.Waterpipe tobacco smoking within the past 30 days was reported by 20% (151/744). Relative to never users, users were more likely to perceive waterpipe tobacco smoking as less harmful than cigarette use.Because waterpipe tobacco smoking is increasing in prevalence and because it can involve toxicant inhalation at even greater levels than with cigarette smoking, it represents a growing public health issue.