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AuthorAl-Jayyousi, Ghadir Fakhri
AuthorKurdi, Rana
AuthorIslam, Nazmul
AuthorAlhussaini, Nour Waleed Zuhair
AuthorAwada, Sawsan
AuthorAbdul Rahim, Hanan
Available date2021-12-23T05:19:00Z
Publication Date2021-12-16
Publication NameSubstance Use & Misuse
Identifierhttp://dx.doi.org/10.1080/10826084.2021.2012695
CitationGhadir Fakhri Al-Jayyousi, Rana Kurdi, Nazmul Islam, Nour Waleed Zuhair Alhussaini, Sawsan Awada & Hanan Abdul Rahim (2021): Factors Affecting Waterpipe Tobacco Smoking among University Students in Qatar, Substance Use & Misuse, DOI: 10.1080/10826084.2021.2012695
ISSN1082-6084
URIhttp://hdl.handle.net/10576/25599
AbstractRecent data show an increase in the prevalence of waterpipe tobacco smoking (WTS) among university students in the Arab Gulf region alongside an attitude of social acceptability and a perception that WTS is less harmful than traditional cigarette smoking. This study measures the prevalence of WTS among university students and examines the individual, sociocultural, and environmental factors influencing this practice. Participants were selected through stratified random sampling of students in the largest national university in Qatar. Data were collected anonymously using an online questionnaire. Descriptive univariate and bivariate analyses were conducted to examine the association of WTS with participants' sociodemographic characteristics, knowledge, and attitudes. 199 students completed the questionnaire. Among students who reported using tobacco products, waterpipe () was the most common product (70.6%). WTS was significantly associated with having a mother ( = 0.015) or a close friend ( < 0.001) who smoked. Compared to non-users, waterpipe tobacco users were significantly more likely to believe that waterpipe tobacco is less addictive than cigarettes (p = 0.009) and significantly less likely to believe that waterpipe tobacco can lead to cardiovascular diseases (p = 0.003) or dental problems (p = 0.02). More waterpipe tobacco users than non-users disagreed that parents (p = 0.005) or advertisements (p = 0.002) could influence use. More waterpipe tobacco users (70%) than non-users (37%) believed that females were more comfortable using waterpipes than cigarettes. The findings shed light on factors shaping WTS and provide evidence for designing multilevel behavioral interventions to decrease the prevalence of WTS among youth.
SponsorOpen Access funding provided by the Qatar National Library. We acknowledged the support provided by the Institutional Research and Analytic Department at Qatar University in the sampling and data collection process.
Languageen
PublisherTaylor and Francis
SubjectWaterpipe
Subjectaddiction
Subjectattitudes
Subjectgender gap
Subjecttobacco
Subjectuniversity students
TitleFactors Affecting Waterpipe Tobacco Smoking among University Students in Qatar.
TypeArticle
ESSN1532-2491


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