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Am J Health Behav. 2011 Nov;35(6):746-55.

Design, baseline results of Irbid longitudinal, school-based smoking study.

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Division of Epidemiology and Biostatistics, School of Public Health, University of Memphis, Memphis, TN, USA. fmzayek@memphis.edu

Abstract

OBJECTIVE:

To compare patterns of water pipe and cigarette smoking in an eastern Mediterranean country.

METHODS:

In 2008, 1781 out of 1877 seventh graders enrolled in 19 randomly selected schools in Irbid, Jordan, were surveyed.

RESULTS:

Experimentation with and current water pipe smoking were more prevalent than cigarette smoking (boys: 38.7% vs 26.8%; 20.2% vs 9.0%, girls: 21.2% vs 9.5%; and 7.5% vs 2.3%, P<0.05 for all). Parent- and peer-smoking correlated more strongly with water pipe than with cigarette smoking.

CONCLUSION:

Water-pipe smoking is more prevalent than cigarette smoking at this early age.

PMID:
22251765
[Indexed for MEDLINE]

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