Correlates of bidi use among youth

Am J Health Behav. 2004 Mar-Apr;28(2):173-9. doi: 10.5993/ajhb.28.2.8.


Objectives: To identify characteristics associated with youth bidi use.

Methods: The New Jersey Youth Tobacco Survey is a self-administered school-based survey that uses a 2-stage cluster sample design to obtain a representative statewide sample; 9589 students (grades 7-12) participated. Logistic regression was used to generate an adjusted odds ratio (OR) for current bidi use for each variable, controlling for gender, race, and school grade.

Results: Higher odds for current bidi use were noted for black and Hispanic students, users of other tobacco products, and students that perceived bidis as safer than cigarettes.

Conclusions: These results suggest specific groups that should be targeted for intervention.

Publication types

  • Comparative Study
  • Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't

MeSH terms

  • Adolescent
  • Adolescent Behavior / ethnology*
  • Adolescent Behavior / psychology
  • Female
  • Health Knowledge, Attitudes, Practice*
  • Health Surveys
  • Humans
  • Logistic Models
  • Male
  • New Jersey / epidemiology
  • Risk Factors
  • Smoking / epidemiology*
  • Smoking / ethnology
  • Smoking / psychology
  • Students / psychology