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Hookah Use Among New Jersey Youth: Associations and Changes Over Time

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Objectives: To assess hookah use among youth for prevalence, associations, and changes over time. Methods: Data from the 2008 and 2010 New Jersey Youth Tobacco Survey were analyzed to examine hookah smoking by gender, race/ethnicity, and grade level. Results: Prevalence of hookah use increased significantly among black and Hispanic students. Frequency of use was generally occasional. In multivariate models, Asian race; Hispanic ethnicity; and concurrent use of cigarettes, cigars, and bidis predicted current hookah smoking. Conclusions: Prevalence of hookah use is rising among New Jersey's youth, particularly among minority populations, representing a growing public health concern.


Document Type: Research Article


Affiliations: 1: Center for Tobacco Surveillance and Evaluation Research at UMDNJ-School of Public Health, New Brunswick, NJ, USA. 2: Center for Tobacco Surveillance and Evaluation Research at UMDNJ-School of Public Health, New Brunswick, NJ, USA

Publication date: September 1, 2012

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