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Associations between race, ethnicity, religion, and waterpipe tobacco smoking

Primack, BA and Mah, J and Shensa, A and Rosen, D and Yonas, MA and Fine, MJ (2014) Associations between race, ethnicity, religion, and waterpipe tobacco smoking. Journal of Ethnicity in Substance Abuse, 13 (1). 58 - 71. ISSN 1533-2640

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We surveyed a random sample of 852 students at a large university in 2010-2011 to clarify associations between waterpipe tobacco smoking (WTS), ethnicity, and religion. Current (past 30day) WTS was reported by 116 (14%) students, and 331 (39%) reported ever WTS. Middle Eastern ethnicity was associated with current WTS (odds ratio [OR]=2.37; 95% confidence interval [CI]=1.06, 5.34) and ever WTS (OR=2.59; 95% CI=1.22, 5.47). South Asian ethnicity was associated with lower odds for ever WTS (OR=0.42; 95% CI=0.21, 0.86), but there was no significant association between South Asian ethnicity and current WTS. Being an atheist and having lower religiosity were associated with both WTS outcomes. © 2014 Copyright Taylor and Francis Group, LLC.


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Item Type: Article
Status: Published
CreatorsEmailPitt UsernameORCID
Primack, BAbprimack@pitt.eduBPRIMACK
Mah, J
Shensa, Aariel.shensa@pitt.eduARS146
Rosen, Ddannyrosen@pitt.eduDAR15
Yonas, MAyonas@pitt.eduYONAS
Fine, MJmjf1@pitt.eduMJF10000-0003-3470-9846
Centers: Other Centers, Institutes, Offices, or Units > Center for Research on Media, Technology, and Health
Date: 1 January 2014
Date Type: Publication
Journal or Publication Title: Journal of Ethnicity in Substance Abuse
Volume: 13
Number: 1
Page Range: 58 - 71
DOI or Unique Handle: 10.1080/15332640.2013.850462
Schools and Programs: School of Medicine > Medicine
School of Medicine > Pediatrics
School of Social Work > Social Work
Refereed: Yes
ISSN: 1533-2640
Other ID: NLM NIHMS566554 [Available on 01/01/15], NLM PMC3998664 [Available on 01/01/15]
PubMed Central ID: PMC3998664
PubMed ID: 24564560
Date Deposited: 31 Jul 2014 20:35
Last Modified: 01 Nov 2021 10:55


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