Waterpipe Tobacco Smoking on a U.S. College Campus: Prevalence and Correlates

Eissenberg T., Ward K.D., Smith-Simone S., Maziak W.

This study looked at the prevalence of water pipe smoking and perceptions about smoking among college students. Of 744 participants surveyed 20% reported having smoked a water pipe in the last 30 days, while 41.5% had used cigarettes in the same period. Water pipes tended to be smoked by younger age students, with a lower perception of harmfulness or addictiveness compared to cigarette smoking. It was also thought to be more socially acceptable than cigarette smoking.

Clinical relevance: The startling numbers of 20% and 43.5% of water pipe or cigarette smoking indicate that the health profession is not impacting the use of tobacco products.

Journal of Adolescent Health 2008; 42: 526 – 529

Link to Full Text (Free)

Introduction to Neurology

Treating those with neurological impairments can seem complex and overwhelming at times. Get to grips with the basics and build strong foundations with the online introduction to neurology course.