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Associations between hookah tobacco smoking knowledge and hookah smoking behavior among US college students

Nuzzo, E and Shensa, A and Kim, KH and Fine, MJ and Barnett, TE and Cook, R and Primack, BA (2013) Associations between hookah tobacco smoking knowledge and hookah smoking behavior among US college students. Health Education Research, 28 (1). 92 - 100. ISSN 0268-1153

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Hookah tobacco smoking is increasing among US college students, including those who would not otherwise use tobacco. Part of hookah's appeal is attributed to the perception that hookah is less harmful than cigarettes. The aims of this study were to assess knowledge of harmful exposures associated with hookah smoking relative to cigarette smoking and to determine associations between this knowledge and hookah smoking outcomes. Students (N=852) at the University of Florida were randomly sampled via e-mail to obtain information on demographics, hookah smoking behavior and knowledge of five exposures (e.g. tar and nicotine). Multivariable logistic regression models assessed independent associations between knowledge and hookah smoking outcomes. Of the five factual knowledge items asked, 475 (55.8%) of the respondents answered none correctly. In multivariable models, correct responses to any knowledge items were not associated with lower odds of hookah smoking or susceptibility to hookah smoking in the future. Although college students are largely unaware of the toxicant exposures associated with hookah smoking, there is little association between knowledge and hookah smoking behavior. © The Author 2012.


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Item Type: Article
Status: Published
CreatorsEmailPitt UsernameORCID
Nuzzo, E
Shensa, Aariel.shensa@pitt.eduARS146
Kim, KH
Fine, MJmjf1@pitt.eduMJF10000-0003-3470-9846
Barnett, TE
Cook, R
Primack, BAbprimack@pitt.eduBPRIMACK
Centers: Other Centers, Institutes, Offices, or Units > Center for Research on Media, Technology, and Health
Date: 1 February 2013
Date Type: Publication
Journal or Publication Title: Health Education Research
Volume: 28
Number: 1
Page Range: 92 - 100
DOI or Unique Handle: 10.1093/her/cys095
Schools and Programs: School of Education > Psychology in Education
School of Medicine > Medicine
School of Medicine > Pediatrics
Refereed: Yes
ISSN: 0268-1153
MeSH Headings: Adolescent; Female; Florida; Health Behavior; Health Knowledge, Attitudes, Practice; Humans; Logistic Models; Male; Questionnaires; Smoking--adverse effects; Smoking--psychology; Universities; Young Adult
Other ID: NLM PMC3549589
PubMed Central ID: PMC3549589
PubMed ID: 22987864
Date Deposited: 29 Jul 2014 21:41
Last Modified: 01 Nov 2021 10:55


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