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Created with Fabric.js 1.4.5 -Do college students and young adultsbelieve that hookah smoking is less addictive and harmful than other tobacco products?-What are the factors associated with perceptionsof smoking addictiveness and harmfulness? Compared to a regular cigarette, how addictive do you think shisha (flavored tobacco smoked in a hookah/waterpipe) is?” To examine factors associatedwith perceived harm and addictivenessof hookah smoking among college students. Purpose Purpose Research Questions Participants: Undergraduate and Graduate students at a Midwestern University taken from a random sample form the registrars office.Eligible students (a) were between theages of 18 and 21, (b) planned to go on a Spring Break trip with their friends, and (c) were willing to be re-contacted by researchers.The final sample consisted of 241 students: 78.2% Caucasian, 18.1% Asian, 4.8% African American, 2.6% Hispanic, 1.1%American Indian/Alaska Native, and 3.0% Other.Measures: All data collection was done via web-based surveyThe survey measured variables including demographics, currentyear in school, whether they were in a fraternity or sorority, pastcigarette or hookah use, and perceptions of hookah use. Past Research Studies estimate 15-60% of college students have smoked hookah in their lifetimeResearch suggests that hookah smoking may beas addictive as cigarette smokingSmoking hookah has been proven to be associated with adverse health effects such as various cancers and respiratory illnesses Compared to a regular cigarette, how harmfuldo you think shisha (flavored tobacco smoked in a hookah/waterpipe) is?” More harmful Less harmful 32% Results 68% Discussion The results suggest that there are misconceptions surrounding the dangers of hookah use among college students. These perceptions may contributeto the uptake, continued use, and disinterest inquitting this form of tobacco. Additional research must be done to identify effective methods that promote prevention of hookah use among college students to ultimately modify perceptions and decrease tobacco use. Students who perceived hookah smoking to be less harmful than cigarette smoking tended to be older (M (SD) = 21.1 (1.1) vs. M (SD) = 20.8 (1.1), p<.05) and were less likely to smoke cigarettes (13% vs. 27%, p<.05).Students who perceived hookah smoking to be less addictive than cigarette smoking were more likely to have smoked hookah in the past threemonths (32% vs. 11%, p<.001). Discussion More addictive Less addictive 59% 41% Methods Perceptions of Hookah Addictiveness and Harmfulness Among Young Adults By Alison Daugherty, Manilka DePinto, Charli Cowan, Aramik Amiri
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