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Am J Health Behav. 2010 May-Jun;34(3):275-85.

Waterpipe tobacco smoking: an emerging health crisis in the United States.

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  • 1Department of Psychology, Virginia Commonwealth University, Richmond, VA 23298, USA.

Abstract

OBJECTIVE:

To examine the prevalence and potential health risks of waterpipe tobacco smoking.

METHODS:

A literature review was performed to compile information relating to waterpipe tobacco smoking.

RESULTS:

Waterpipe tobacco smoking is increasing in prevalence worldwide; in the United States, 10-20% of some young adult populations are current waterpipe users. Depending on the toxicant measured, a single waterpipe session produces the equivalent of at least 1 and as many as 50 cigarettes. Misconceptions about waterpipe smoke content may lead users to underestimate health risks.

CONCLUSION:

Inclusion of waterpipe tobacco smoking in tobacco control activities may help reduce its spread.

PMID:
20001185
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PMCID:
PMC3215592
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