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J Indian Soc Pedod Prev Dent. 2013 Jul-Sep;31(3):180-3. doi: 10.4103/0970-4388.117980.

Hookah use among high school children in an Indian city.

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Modern Dental College and Research Centre, Indore, India.

Abstract

CONTEXT:

Use of hookah is on the rise among youngsters. A growing body of evidence suggests that these children are experimenting with this form of tobacco.

AIMS:

The study was carried out to know prevalence estimates of hookah use and factors associated with it among high school students.

SETTINGS AND DESIGN:

This study adds to the current literature by providing prevalence estimates and factors associated with hookah use among high school students of Indore - a city in central India.

MATERIALS AND METHODS:

A cross-sectional survey of 1000 students from high schools was conducted to find hookah users and factors associated with its use.

RESULTS:

Hookah users in this study population were 7.6%. Most of them first learned about hookah from friends (63.2%). They usually smoked in hookah lounges (85.5%). These children believed that hookah was safer and more socially acceptable than cigarettes.

CONCLUSIONS:

Misperceptions of safety and popularity of hookah among the younger generation are cause for concern. Presence of hookah lounges should be a target for further regulation. Prevention activities are necessary to prevent this rising public health concern.

PMID:
24021329
DOI:
10.4103/0970-4388.117980
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