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Prev Chronic Dis. 2018 Feb 8;15:E20. doi: 10.5888/pcd15.170283.

Trends in Hookah Use Among New York City Middle and High School Students, 2008-2014.

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New York City Department of Health and Mental Hygiene, 42-09 28th St, WS 11-157, Long Island City, NY 11101. Email:
New York City Department of Health and Mental Hygiene, Long Island City, New York.


We examined trends in hookah use among New York City middle and high school students. We calculated prevalences, linear trends, and odds ratios of ever and current hookah use, by selected demographic variables, using 2008 through 2014 data from the New York State Youth Tobacco Survey. The prevalence of ever hookah use increased overall from 2008 through 2014 (8.9% to 13.0%, P = .01); current use was stable during this period but increased across many demographic characteristics. Our results indicate a need for efforts to educate populations with increasing prevalence of hookah use as well as policies that regulate use to reduce and denormalize hookah smoking.

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