College students’ perceptions and knowledge of hookah use

Me Lisa R. Creamer, Alexandra Loukas, Xiaoyin Li, Keryn E. Pasch, Kathleen Case, Brittani Crook, Cheryl L. Perry

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Abstract

Purpose Hookah is an increasingly popular tobacco product among college students. The purpose of this study was to determine if college students are aware of tobacco and nicotine content in hookah, and examine associations between college students’ knowledge and perceptions of hookah and their past 30-day hookah use. Methods Participants were 5451 young adults attending one of 24 2- and 4-year colleges. Analyses examined if hookah knowledge was uniquely associated with current hookah use, over and above perceptions of harm and addictiveness, number of other tobacco products currently used, and socio-demographic factors. Analyses were first conducted for the entire sample and then only for current hookah users. Results 26.9% of all students believed hookah did not contain tobacco and 38% believed that hookah did not contain nicotine. Students who believed that hookah contained tobacco were at increased odds of hookah use, and those with increased perceptions of harm were at decreased odds of hookah use. However, hookah knowledge was not associated with hookah users’ intensity of use. Moreover, although increased perceptions of harm were associated with lower intensity of use among current users, increased perceptions of addictiveness were associated with higher intensity of use. Conclusions This study shows gaps in knowledge of hookah contents, and adds to the body of literature, which provides evidence for mandating warning labels as well as tobacco interventions for college students.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)191-195
Number of pages5
JournalDrug and Alcohol Dependence
Volume168
DOIs
StatePublished - Nov 1 2016
Externally publishedYes

Keywords

  • Hookah
  • Knowledge
  • Perceptions
  • Young adults

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Toxicology
  • Pharmacology
  • Psychiatry and Mental health
  • Pharmacology (medical)

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