2010 Student Research Conference:
23rd Annual Student Research Conference

Hookah Smoking Knowledge, Attitudes and Behaviors
Stefanie A. Rademacher* and Molly A. Jones
Dr. Roberta Donahue, Faculty Mentor

A review of literature was conducted to obtain information regarding the practice, knowledge, attitudes, and behaviors of hookah smoking. A hookah is used for smoking tobacco. The smoke is cooled and filtered by passing through water. Data from Truman students completing the 2009 Missouri College Health Behavior Survey indicated a usage rate higher than cigarette use (10.7% vs. 7.9%). Overall, the literature indicated that hookah smoking is detrimental to health; it increases the risk of lung cancer and other diseases associated with cigarette smoking. A number of specific findings will be presented in this poster. Hookah smoking is growing in popularity in the U.S., especially among young adults; this is particularly problematic because it is widely perceived as a safe alternative to other tobacco products. Therefore, on the basis of this literature review, the researchers have developed a survey and plan to implement an educational intervention about hookah.

Keywords: Hookah, Tobacco, Health, Trend

Topic(s):Health Science

Presentation Type: Poster

Session: 5-12
Location: SUB-GEO
Time: 4:15

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