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Hookah use predicts cigarette smoking progression among college smokers

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Oxford University Press, on behalf of the Society for Research on Nicotine and Tobacco, published a study by the University of California, San Diego entitled “Hookah use predicts cigarette smoking progression among college smokers.” The study surveyed 274 ethnically diverse college students to determine if hookah smoking is a predictor of cigarette smoking. The study found that students who smoked hookah had smoked more cigarettes during a a 6-month followup, than cigarette smokers who did not smoke hookah.

The study concluded that “recent hookah use predicted increased cigarette smoking over 6 months in a college sample. These are the first prospective data demonstrating this relationship, indicating the value of developing strategies to prevent hookah use among college students.”