Waterpipe tobacco smoking on a U.S. College campus: prevalence and correlates

J Adolesc Health. 2008 May;42(5):526-9. doi: 10.1016/j.jadohealth.2007.10.004. Epub 2007 Dec 21.


Purpose: Waterpipe tobacco smoking is reported to be growing in popularity, particularly among college students. This study examined the prevalence of waterpipe tobacco smoking prevalence and perceptions in a university-based population.

Method: This was a cross-sectional Internet-based survey of first-year university students, which examined waterpipe tobacco smoking and other tobacco use, risk perceptions, influences, and perceived social acceptability.

Results: Waterpipe tobacco smoking within the past 30 days was reported by 20% (151/744). Relative to never users, users were more likely to perceive waterpipe tobacco smoking as less harmful than cigarette use.

Conclusions: Because waterpipe tobacco smoking is increasing in prevalence and because it can involve toxicant inhalation at even greater levels than with cigarette smoking, it represents a growing public health issue.

Publication types

  • Research Support, N.I.H., Extramural

MeSH terms

  • Adolescent
  • Adult
  • Attitude to Health
  • Cross-Sectional Studies
  • Female
  • Humans
  • Male
  • Peer Group
  • Prevalence
  • Smoking*
  • Social Environment
  • Students*
  • United States
  • Universities*