Navigation Links
Waterpipe smoking on college campuses may contribute to growing public health problem
Date:5/6/2008

RICHMOND, Va. (May 6, 2008) More and more U.S. college students are smoking tobacco using waterpipes or hookahs and its becoming a growing public health issue, according to a new study led by a Virginia Commonwealth University researcher.

The findings offer important insight into the prevalence and perceptions related to waterpipe tobacco smokers and are reported in the May issue of the Journal of Adolescent Health. The article is also featured in an editorial in the same issue.

These results should serve as an alarm bell to anyone interested in public health in the United States. Preventing tobacco-caused death and disease means remaining alert to new forms of tobacco smoking and then understanding the health risks of these new forms and communicating these risks to public health workers, policy makers, and to smokers themselves, said principal investigator Thomas Eissenberg, Ph.D., associate professor in the VCU Department of Psychology.

In a hookah, tobacco is heated by charcoal, and the resulting smoke is passed through a water-filled chamber, cooling the smoke before it reaches the smoker. Some waterpipe users perceive this method of smoking tobacco as less harmful and addictive than cigarette smoking.

According to Eissenberg, current and prospective waterpipe tobacco smokers should be made aware that waterpipe tobacco smoking is not as benign as they might think. Waterpipe and cigarette smoke contains some of the same toxins -- disease-causing tar and carbon monoxide, as well as dependence-producing nicotine. Additionally, the exposure to these toxins through waterpipe smoking may be greater due to longer periods of use.

Further, smokers take more and larger puffs with waterpipes, leading to inhalation of 100 times more smoke from a single waterpipe use episode relative to a single cigarette.

Through a cross-sectional study, approximately 744 students, mostly between the ages of 18 and 21, completed an Internet survey that included questions about demographics, tobacco use, risk perceptions and perceived social acceptability.

The research team found that approximately 43 percent of those surveyed had smoked tobacco using a waterpipe in the past year; and 20 percent of them had smoked tobacco using a waterpipe in the past month. Users were more likely to perceive waterpipes as less harmful than cigarettes compared to those who had never used a waterpipe before.

The data we report, along with data from other schools, show that waterpipe tobacco smoking is common on college campuses across the country. Thus, prevention messages, especially those that communicate the potential risks of waterpipe tobacco smoking, should focus on college campuses.

In future studies, Eissenberg and his team hope to examine the prevalence of this method of tobacco use in a large, national sample of waterpipe tobacco smokers in the United States, and assess potential health risks and dependence-producing effects. In the future, researchers may be able to determine the role that waterpipe use among youth may serve as a gateway for use of other tobacco products or psychoactive substances.


'/>"/>

Contact: Sathy Achia Abraham
sbachia@vcu.edu
804-827-0890
Virginia Commonwealth University
Source:Eurekalert

Related medicine news :

1. American Lung Association Hails Decision to Snuff Out Smoking in U.S. Senate Lounges
2. Study Suggests Stronger Tobacco Control Policies in States With High Smoking Rates Would be Effective in Reducing Smoking and Saving Thousands of Lives
3. Governor Napolitano Signs Smoking Cessation Bill
4. Study finds racial disparities in smoking cessation treatment
5. Smoking, Drinking, Cholesterol May Be Alzheimers Risk Factors
6. Jefferson scientists discovery may help explain smoking-pancreatic cancer link
7. Mouth may tell the tale of lung damage caused by smoking
8. Mayo-led study finds smoking related to subset of colorectal cancers
9. Photos: New Smoking Prevention Program Launched in Schools
10. Blue Cross Stop-Smoking Program Achieves All-Time High Quit Rate
11. Arizona Senate Approves Smoking Cessation Treatments for State Medicaid Beneficiaries
Post Your Comments:
*Name:
*Comment:
*Email:
(Date:6/23/2017)... ... June 23, 2017 , ... Dr. ... New York, has recently begun offering three new minimally invasive procedures to patients ... procedures and reducing downtime, Dr. Rubinstein is excited to bring microneedling, microneedling facials, ...
(Date:6/23/2017)... ... June 23, 2017 , ... The Aesthetic Channel has recently highlighted Dr. ... come up with a proprietary technique that he calls the AuraLyft Facelift. ... For all ages, patients can expect to look refreshed, rejuvenated, and revitalized. , ...
(Date:6/23/2017)... ... June 23, 2017 , ... MD Now Urgent Care opened its ... facility overall and marks the urgent care center's eighth location in Miami-Dade county. , ... Falls shopping mall. The new clinic offers a wide array of services ...
(Date:6/23/2017)... ... June 23, 2017 , ... Ulster University, Magee Campus in ... 9 am to 3 pm to present to graduate students exciting new and innovative ... original curriculum project led by The Health Improvement Service of the Western Health & ...
(Date:6/23/2017)... ... June 23, 2017 , ... Radabaugh & Associates, ... families and business owners in North Central West Virginia, is embarking on a ... differently abled residents in the region. , The Stepping Stones organization offers a ...
Breaking Medicine News(10 mins):
(Date:6/1/2017)... BELL, Pa. , June 1, 2017 ... (PRN) and Veterinarian Recommended Solutions (VRS), and KD Pharma ... investment in Nutriceutical Holdings by KD Pharma Group. KD ... Holdings with the option to acquire the entire company. ... partner in KD. They are committed to growing the ...
(Date:5/30/2017)... 2017 Therapix Biosciences Ltd. (Nasdaq: TRPX), ... the development of cannabinoid-based drugs, today announced that ... at three upcoming scientific and investor conferences in ... Invitational: ...                     Wednesday, June ...
(Date:5/26/2017)... May 25, 2017  In response to the opioid ... Direct Relief is working with Pfizer to make up ... no cost to community health centers, free and charitable ... "Pfizer has a long-standing commitment to ... ensuring patient safety through educational activities," said Caroline ...
Breaking Medicine Technology: