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The Predictive Utility of Attitudes Toward Hookah Tobacco Smoking

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Abstract:

Objective: To determine associations between positive and negative attitudes and hookah tobacco smoking (HTS) among college students. Methods: Among a random sample of university students (N = 852), multivariable logistic regression models assessed associations between positive and negative attitudes toward HTS. Results: Positive attitudes were associated with adjusted odds of 4.32 (95% CI = 3.20, 5.82) for current HTS, whereas negative attitudes were associated with lower adjusted odds for current smoking HTS (AOR = 0.64, 95% CI = 0.53, 0.76). Positive attitudes were also associated with adjusted odds of 9.31 (95% CI = 6.77, 12.80) for intention for future hookah use among non-HTS users. Conclusion: Positive attitudes toward HTS were more strongly associated with HTS compared to negative attitudes. It may be particularly valuable for future research and interventions to focus on decreasing positive attitudes toward HTS.

Keywords: ATTITUDE; HOOKAH; INTENTION; TOBACCO; UNIVERSITY; WATER PIPE

Document Type: Research Article

DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.5993/AJHB.37.4.1

Affiliations: 1: Department of Behavioral Science and Community Health, College of Public Health and Health Professions, University of Florida, Gainesville, FL, USA 2: Division of General Internal Medicine, Department of Medicine, University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine, Pittsburgh, PA, USA 3: Department of Psychology, University of Pittsburgh, Pittsburgh, PA, USA 4: Department of Epidemiology, College of Public Health and Health Professions, University of Florida, Gainesville, FL, USA 5: Division of General Internal Medicine, Department of Medicine and Division of Adolescent Medicine, Department of Pediatrics, Program for Research on Media and Health, University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine, Pittsburgh, PA, USA

Publication date: July 1, 2013

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