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Waterpipe Tobacco Smoking: An Emerging Health Crisis in the United States

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Objective: To examine the prevalence and potential health risks of waterpipe tobacco smoking.

Methods: A literature review was performed to compile information relating to waterpipe tobacco smoking.

Results: Waterpipe tobacco smoking is increasing in prevalence worldwide; in the United States, 1020 of some young adult populations are current waterpipe users. Depending on the toxicant measured, a single waterpipe session produces the equivalent of at least 1 and as many as 50 cigarettes. Misconceptions about waterpipe smoke content may lead users to underestimate health risks.

Conclusion: Inclusion of waterpipe tobacco smoking in tobacco control activities may help reduce its spread.

Keywords: adolescent behavior; prevention; waterpipe tobacco smoking

Document Type: Research Article


Affiliations: 1 Graduate Student, Department of Psychology, Virginia Commonwealth University, Richmond, VA.

Publication date: May 1, 2010

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