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.