Navigation Links
Hookah Use Growing Among Young Adults in California
Date:9/2/2011

FRIDAY, Sept. 2 (HealthDay News) -- A rapid rise in hookah use in California is cause for concern, researchers say.

A hookah is a water pipe used for smoking tobacco. An analysis of state data showed that hookah use among all adults in California increased by more than 40 percent between 2005 and 2008.

In 2008, hookah use among young adults aged 18 to 24 was much higher (24.5 percent of men, 10 percent of women) than it was among all adults (11.2 percent of men and 2.8 percent of women), said the researchers at the University of California, San Diego (UCSD) School of Medicine.

Hookah smoking was most common among whites with at least some college education, the investigators noted.

The rise in hookah use may be due to the fact that it's a social activity and the mistaken belief that it's less harmful than cigarettes, the researchers suggested.

"Though public indoor cigarette smoking is banned throughout California, hookah use is permitted in designated lounges," study author Dr. Wael Al-Delaimy, an associate professor and chief of the division of global health in the department of family and preventive medicine, said in a UCSD Health Sciences news release.

"More specific studies are warranted but we urge policymakers to consider laws that would ban hookah lounges, thus eliminating the implication that hookah smoking is safer and more socially acceptable than cigarette smoking," Al-Delaimy said.

"This rise is particularly alarming because it's happening in California, a state that leads the nation in tobacco control. While cigarette smoking has decreased nationwide and in California, reports of ever using hookah have increased, especially among adolescent and young adults," he added.

The study was released online Aug. 18 in advance of publication in an upcoming print issue of the American Journal of Public Health.

More information

The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has more about hookahs.

-- Robert Preidt

SOURCE: University of California, San Diego Health Sciences, news release, August 2011


'/>"/>
Copyright©2010 ScoutNews,LLC.
All rights reserved  

Related medicine news :

1. UCSD researchers alarmed at rise in hookah use among California youth
2. Hookah Use Common Among College Students, Survey Finds
3. Hookah use widespread among college students
4. Hookahs an Unhealthy Hit Among Privileged Young Adults
5. TheHookahMonster.com Offers Free Shisha Tobacco Education
6. Workplace stress a growing health hazard
7. Poll finds two-thirds of California voters unprepared for costs of growing older
8. Positive impact of growing public awareness of obesity epidemic
9. Growing Up Near Livestock Tied to Blood Cancers
10. Antioxidants of growing interest to address infertility, erectile dysfunction
11. Gonorrheas Growing Resistance to Antibiotics Concerns CDC
Post Your Comments:
*Name:
*Comment:
*Email:
Related Image:
Hookah Use  Growing Among Young Adults in California
(Date:5/3/2016)... ... ... to address a patient’s condition before it worsens will ultimately lower the cost of healthcare—and ... right thing, at the right time, at the right dose with the right patient … ... FAAFP, from Group Practice Forum. “Even if the cost of the treatment might be a ...
(Date:5/3/2016)... ... , ... LunchSkins is changing the future of ocean plastic pollution ... away plastic baggies. The mission-driven bags give back to global leaders in the fight ... mission is all about reducing global plastic waste and we’ve teamed up with ...
(Date:5/3/2016)... ... May 03, 2016 , ... Dave Newberry, broker/owner of ... Care Center (PICC) annual fundraiser luncheon on Friday, May 20. “We have raised ... smallest victims of drug abuse,” said Newberry. , PICC is a local Kent, WA, ...
(Date:5/3/2016)... ... May 03, 2016 , ... ... rulemaking (NPRM) issued by the Office of the National Coordinator for Health IT ... and take action when necessary, including suspending and terminating certifications issued to Complete ...
(Date:5/2/2016)... , ... May 02, 2016 , ... It has just ... the keynote speaker for five events throughout the month of May. , Uldrich is ... of national news outlets. He also frequently appears on the Science Channel’s FutureScape and ...
Breaking Medicine News(10 mins):
(Date:5/2/2016)... Leading Economies with Fastest Real GDP Annual Percentage Change, 2015  ... 7.8 India 7.3, , Source: IMF and TechSci Research   ... Brazil , Russia , India ... , registered the fastest GDP growth during the first decade of the 21 ... in Brazil and Russia , along ...
(Date:5/2/2016)... LAWRENCEVILLE, N.J. , May 2, 2016 /PRNewswire/ ... drug development company, today announced data from the ... dose escalating clinical trial (the OVATION Study) combining ... of care for the treatment of newly-diagnosed patients ... chemotherapy followed by interval debulking surgery.  In the ...
(Date:4/29/2016)... , April 29, 2016 ... H1 2016" market research report that provides an ... comparative analysis at various stages, therapeutics assessment by ... administration (RoA) and molecule type, along with latest ... also reviews key players involved in the therapeutic ...
Breaking Medicine Technology: