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Soc Work Public Health. 2014;29(1):17-26. doi: 10.1080/19371918.2011.619443.

Hookah smoking: behaviors and beliefs among young consumers in the United States.

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a Bryan School of Business and Economics, University of North Carolina Greensboro , Greensboro , North Carolina , USA.


Hookah smoking is growing in popularity among college-age students in the United States. Community-based, semistructured, in-depth interviews were conducted with 20 college-age individuals who had used a hookah to smoke tobacco. A structured analysis of responses was conducted and framed in terms of the health belief model's four main constructs. Although hookah smokers were aware of the potential severity of tobacco-related illnesses, they did not express a perceived susceptibility to those illnesses. To the extent that cues to action exist with respect to hookah smoking, they generally serve to promote a risky behavior that is perceived to be largely social in nature.

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