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Abstract

Purpose: The purpose of this study was to determine the 30-day, previous year, and lifetime usage of waterpipe tobacco use among athletes within a Midwestern university. The prevalence of waterpipe smoking suggests that this form of tobacco use is becoming an epidemic in the United States.

Data Sources: This study used a convenience sample of 59 college students who were English-speaking and 18 years or older. These students were enrolled in the Winter 2013 semester athletic program. The athletes completed a survey that was previously used and created by Brian Primack and reprinted with the author's written consent. The following demographic measures were assessed: age, gender, race, residence, and self-reported grade point average.

Conclusions: Ten percent of the athletes intended to smoke at least once in the next 12 months. Statistically significant correlations were found between perceived harm and perceived addictiveness and usage and intent. Additional research is needed using a diverse group of college students to determine the extent to which waterpipe smoking is becoming more common.

Implications for Practice: Educational interventions are needed to provide information to students regarding the dangers associated with tobacco use with waterpipes.

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