Relationships among factual and perceived knowledge of harms of waterpipe tobacco, perceived risk, and desire to quit among college users.

Journal Article (Journal Article)

Waterpipe tobacco smoking is increasing in the United States among college students. Through a web-based survey, we explored associations among factual and perceived knowledge, perceived risks and worry about harm and addiction, and desire to quit among 316 college waterpipe tobacco smoking users. Overall, factual knowledge of the harm of waterpipe tobacco smoking was poor, factual and perceived knowledge was weakly correlated, both forms of knowledge were related inconsistently to perceived risks and worry, and neither form of knowledge was associated with the desire to quit. Findings provide preliminary insights as to why knowledge gaps may not predict cessation among waterpipe users.

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Duke Authors

Cited Authors

  • Lipkus, IM; Eissenberg, T; Schwartz-Bloom, RD; Prokhorov, AV; Levy, J

Published Date

  • December 2014

Published In

Volume / Issue

  • 19 / 12

Start / End Page

  • 1525 - 1535

PubMed ID

  • 23928987

Pubmed Central ID

  • PMC4358735

Electronic International Standard Serial Number (EISSN)

  • 1461-7277

Digital Object Identifier (DOI)

  • 10.1177/1359105313494926


  • eng

Conference Location

  • England