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Despite evidence of increasing waterpipe tobacco smoking prevalence among U.S. young adults, little is known about the knowledge, attitudes, beliefs, and smoking patterns of waterpipe users in this population. To address this lack of knowledge, two convenience samples of U.S. waterpipe users were surveyed--one from a Richmond, Virginia, waterpipe café(More)
OBJECTIVES This study investigated whether anxiety characteristics independently predicted the onset of myocardial infarction (MI) over an average of 12.4 years and whether this relationship was independent of other psychologic variables and risk factors. BACKGROUND Although several psychosocial factors have been associated with risk for MI, anxiety has(More)
Waterpipe smoking, a traditional method of tobacco use, has experienced a resurgence in the Middle East and Indian subcontinent in recent years. Despite growing evidence of its dependence potential and health-damaging effects, waterpipe use has spread beyond these regions to many other countries, including the United States. Because little is known about(More)
BACKGROUND Testicular cancer (TC) is the most common neoplasm affecting males between 15 and 35, and testicular self-examination (TSE) has been recommended for early detection. Studies have found that young adult men have poor awareness of TC and low rates of performing TSE, but little research has examined adolescents. METHODS In a comprehensive survey(More)
PURPOSE To assess the beliefs and attitudes related to narghile (waterpipe) smoking that are likely to contribute to its increased popularity among young people in Syria. METHODS In 2003, a cross-sectional survey was administered to university students in Aleppo, using an interviewer-administered questionnaire. Overall, 587 students participated in the(More)
OBJECTIVE To examine the prevalence and potential health risks of waterpipe tobacco smoking. METHODS A literature review was performed to compile information relating to waterpipe tobacco smoking. RESULTS Waterpipe tobacco smoking is increasing in prevalence worldwide; in the United States, 10-20% of some young adult populations are current waterpipe(More)
BACKGROUND To compare patterns of use, beliefs, and attitudes related to waterpipe smoking between university students (beginning smokers) and cafe customers (established smokers) in Aleppo Syria, in order to explore the evolution of this smoking method. METHODS Two cross-sectional surveys were conducted among representative samples of university students(More)
Cigarette smoking is considered the most significant modifiable cause of adverse pregnancy outcomes in US women. Smoking cessation in pregnant patients is one of the most effective ways to reduce negative pregnancy outcomes of fetal growth retardation, preterm delivery, and perinatal mortality. Research evidence documenting the effectiveness of health care(More)
OBJECTIVE The objective of this narrative review is to highlight the determinants of the epidemic rise in waterpipe tobacco smoking (WTS) among youth globally. The Ecological Model of Health Promotion (EMHP) was the guiding framework for the review. DATA SOURCES The following electronic databases were searched: Cochrane library, MEDLINE, EMBASE, PsycINFO,(More)
Waterpipe smoking has increased dramatically worldwide in recent years, with an estimated 100 million daily users. Research on this traditional Middle Eastern tobacco use method is in its infancy, and little is known about users' cessation-related attitudes and experiences. A random sample of 268 narghile (waterpipe) smokers (40% female; mean age = 30(More)