The rise in hookah (shisha, water pipe) tobacco smoking among adolescents: A silent pandemic
Dr. Soha. A. Ghasura
Background & Objectives: There are over 150 Hookah lounges/joints operating in Ahmedabad city. Since the ban lifted last year on hookah lounges last year, there has been a high influx of many adolescents visiting these joints legally as well as illegally. My objective was
1) To analyze the reasons and consequences of hookah addiction.
2) To study the external factors playing a dominant role in hookah indulgence of both the sexes.
Material and Methods: The study was done by snowball sampling method, it is a cross sectional study. The interviews were conducted following a Semi-structured schedule in water pipe cafes and in their homes. About 89 boys/girls belonging to 10- 19 age groups were interviewed with confidentiality from July 2016 to October 2016. Prior approval of ethical committee was taken.
Results & Conclusion: About 60 % of respondents admitted to hookah addiction causing them underperform in exams. The youngest hookah addict was 12 years old. The prevalence of hookah (water pipe smoking) is more prominent in male gender as compare to female. About 80.32 % admitted to their liking of hookah flavours leading to long-term addiction none of the respondentís parents/guardians have knowledge about their hookah addiction. 90.21% were unaware of harmful effects on health due to hookah/e-ciggrates. Only 8% show willingness to quit hookah.
Dr. Soha. A. Ghasura. The rise in hookah (shisha, water pipe) tobacco smoking among adolescents: A silent pandemic. International Journal of Multidisciplinary Research and Development, Volume 3, Issue 2, 2016, Pages 73-75