Waterpipe smoking among students in one US university: predictors of an intention to quit

J Am Coll Health. 2012;60(7):528-35. doi: 10.1080/07448481.2012.718018.


Objective: To examine the intention to quit waterpipe smoking among college students.

Participants: A total of 276 University of Houston students identified through an online survey administered in February 2011. Participants indicated they had smoked a waterpipe in the month prior to the survey.

Methods: Cross-sectional study. Questions included demographics, tobacco use, perceived risk of waterpipe smoking, and social acceptability. Multivariate logistic regression was used to determine predictors of an intention to quit.

Results: Most of the sample participants (n = 227; 83%) reported that they had no intention to quit. Students believing that waterpipe smoking was harmful were more likely to have an intention to quit (odd ratio [OR] = 2.38, 95% confidence interval [CI; 1.05, 5.36]). Those who smoked for more than 60 minutes were less likely to have a desire to quit (OR = 0.29, 95% CI [0.12, 0.73]).

Conclusions: The low level of a desire to quit demonstrated underscores the urgent need to develop interventions that educate users about expected harms of continued use.

Publication types

  • Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't

MeSH terms

  • Adult
  • Confidence Intervals
  • Cross-Sectional Studies
  • Female
  • Health Knowledge, Attitudes, Practice
  • Health Surveys
  • Humans
  • Male
  • Odds Ratio
  • Public Health
  • Risk Factors
  • Risk-Taking*
  • Smoking / epidemiology*
  • Smoking / psychology
  • Students / psychology*
  • Students / statistics & numerical data
  • United States / epidemiology
  • Universities / statistics & numerical data*
  • Young Adult