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Am J Health Behav. 2012 Sep;36(5):693-9. doi: 10.5993/AJHB.36.5.11.

Hookah use among New Jersey youth: associations and changes over time.

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Center for Tobacco Surveillance and Evaluation Research, UMDNJ-School of Public Health, New Brunswick, NJ, USA. bovermi@umdnj.edu

Abstract

OBJECTIVES:

To assess hookah use among youth for prevalence, associations, and changes over time.

METHODS:

Data from the 2008 and 2010 New Jersey Youth Tobacco Survey were analyzed to examine hookah smoking by gender, race/ethnicity, and grade level.

RESULTS:

Prevalence of hookah use increased significantly among black and Hispanic students. Frequency of use was generally occasional. In multivariate models, Asian race; Hispanic ethnicity; and concurrent use of cigarettes, cigars, and bidis predicted current hookah smoking.

CONCLUSIONS:

Prevalence of hookah use is rising among New Jersey's youth, particularly among minority populations, representing a growing public health concern.

PMID:
22584096
DOI:
10.5993/AJHB.36.5.11
[Indexed for MEDLINE]

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