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J Am Coll Health. 2012;60(7):528-35.

Waterpipe smoking among students in one US university: predictors of an intention to quit.

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Institute of Community Health, College of Pharmacy, University of Houston, Houston, TX 77030, USA. smabughosh@uh.edu

Abstract

OBJECTIVE:

To examine the intention to quit waterpipe smoking among college students.

PARTICIPANTS:

A total of 276 University of Houston students identified through an online survey administered in February 2011. Participants indicated they had smoked a waterpipe in the month prior to the survey.

METHODS:

Cross-sectional study. Questions included demographics, tobacco use, perceived risk of waterpipe smoking, and social acceptability. Multivariate logistic regression was used to determine predictors of an intention to quit.

RESULTS:

Most of the sample participants (n = 227; 83%) reported that they had no intention to quit. Students believing that waterpipe smoking was harmful were more likely to have an intention to quit (odd ratio [OR] = 2.38, 95% confidence interval [CI; 1.05, 5.36]). Those who smoked for more than 60 minutes were less likely to have a desire to quit (OR = 0.29, 95% CI [0.12, 0.73]).

CONCLUSIONS:

The low level of a desire to quit demonstrated underscores the urgent need to develop interventions that educate users about expected harms of continued use.

PMID:
23002801
DOI:
10.1080/07448481.2012.718018
[Indexed for MEDLINE]
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