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Correlates of Bidi Use Among Youth

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Objectives: To identify characteristics associated with youth bidi use. Methods: The New Jersey Youth Tobacco Survey is a self-administered school-based survey that uses a 2-stage cluster sample design to obtain a representative statewide sample; 9589 students (grades 7–12) participated. Logistic regression was used to generate an adjusted odds ratio (OR) for current bidi use for each variable, controlling for gender, race, and school grade. Results: Higher odds for current bidi use were noted for black and Hispanic students, users of other tobacco products, and students that perceived bidis as safer than cigarettes. Conclusions: These results suggest specific groups that should be targeted for intervention.

Keywords: adolescent; bidis; ethnic groups; risk factors; smoking

Document Type: Research Article


Affiliations: 1: Division of Health Education and Behavioral Science, University of Medicine & Dentistry of New Jersey - School of Public Health, New Brunswick, NJ. 2: Department of Health Behavior and Health Education, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill — School of Public Health, Chapel Hill, NC.

Publication date: 2004-03-01

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