Cigarette and Nargileh Smoking Practices Among School Students in Beirut, Lebanon
Methods : A proportionate random sample of 2443 students from 13 public and private schools was selected and asked to complete self-administered anonymous questionnaires.
Results : The prevalence of smoking cigarettes only, nargileh only, and both was 2.5%, 25.6%, and 6.3%, respectively. Stepwise regression analyses revealed that the predictors of smoking for either type are different, whereby nargileh smoking is more culturally accepted than cigarette smoking.
Conclusions : Design interventions to increase awareness towards the hazards of the misconceived harmless effects of nargileh smoking.
Document Type: Research Article
Publication date: 01 January 2007
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