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Waterpipe tobacco and cigarette smoking among university students in Jordan

Khabour, OF and Alzoubi, KH and Eissenberg, T and Mehrotra, P and Azab, M and Carroll, MV and Afifi, RA and Primack, BA (2012) Waterpipe tobacco and cigarette smoking among university students in Jordan. International Journal of Tuberculosis and Lung Disease, 16 (7). 986 - 992. ISSN 1027-3719

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SETTING: While waterpipe and cigarette smoking have been well studied in Syria and Lebanon, data from Jordan are limited. OBJECTIVES: To characterize the relative prevalence of waterpipe tobacco and cigarette smoking among university students in Jordan, and to compare the demographic and environmental factors associated with each form of tobacco use. DESIGN: We surveyed 1845 students randomly recruited from four universities in Jordan. We used multivariable logistic regression controlling for clustering of individuals within universities to determine associations between demographic and environmental covariates and waterpipe tobacco and cigarette use. RESULTS: Waterpipe tobacco smoking rates were 30% in the past 30 days and 56% ever, while cigarette smoking rates were 29% in the past 30 days and 57% ever. Past 30-day waterpipe tobacco smoking rates were 59% for males and 13% for females. Females had substantially lower odds than males of being current waterpipe (OR 0.12, 95%CI 0.10-0.15) or cigarette (OR 0.08, 95%CI 0.05-0.14) smokers. Current cigarette smoking was more significantly associated with markers of high socioeconomic status (SES) than waterpipe tobacco smoking. CONCLUSION: Waterpipe tobacco smoking is as common as cigarette smoking among Jordanian university students. While cigarette smoking is consistently associated with high SES, waterpipe tobacco smoking is more evenly distributed across various populations. © 2012 The Union.


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Item Type: Article
Status: Published
CreatorsEmailPitt UsernameORCID
Khabour, OF
Alzoubi, KH
Eissenberg, T
Mehrotra, P
Azab, M
Carroll, MV
Afifi, RA
Primack, BAbprimack@pitt.eduBPRIMACK
Centers: Other Centers, Institutes, Offices, or Units > Center for Research on Media, Technology, and Health
Date: 1 July 2012
Date Type: Publication
Journal or Publication Title: International Journal of Tuberculosis and Lung Disease
Volume: 16
Number: 7
Page Range: 986 - 992
DOI or Unique Handle: 10.5588/ijtld.11.0764
Schools and Programs: School of Medicine > Medicine
School of Medicine > Pediatrics
Refereed: Yes
ISSN: 1027-3719
MeSH Headings: Adolescent; Female; Humans; Jordan--epidemiology; Logistic Models; Male; Prevalence; Questionnaires; Risk Factors; Smoking--epidemiology; Students; Tobacco Products; Universities; Young Adult
Other ID: NLM NIHMS387888, NLM PMC3570564
PubMed Central ID: PMC3570564
PubMed ID: 22525279
Date Deposited: 29 Jul 2014 21:39
Last Modified: 04 Feb 2019 15:56


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