Prevalence of and beliefs about electronic cigarettes and hookah among high school students with asthma

David A. Fedele, Tracey E. Barnett, David Dekevich, Linda M. Gibson-Young, Mary Martinasek, Meredith A. Jagger

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Purpose To assess current cigarette, hookah, and electronic cigarette (e-cigarette) use among high school students with and without asthma. Beliefs and use of tobacco products by a household member were also examined. Methods The 2014 Florida Youth Tobacco Survey was administered to high school students to assess current use of cigarettes, hookah, and e-cigarettes (i.e., within past 30 days). Student's home exposure and beliefs about cigarettes, hookah, and e-cigarettes were also assessed. Students were randomly selected using a two-stage cluster probability design. Results Adolescents with asthma had a higher prevalence of current hookah (14.0%) and e-cigarette use (12.4%) compared with their peers (10.9%, 10.2%, respectively). Adolescents with asthma were also at increased risk for current use of cigarettes (adjusted odds ratio [AOR]: 1.24), hookah (AOR: 1.32), and e-cigarettes (AOR: 1.34). Adolescents with asthma reported positive beliefs about tobacco products and were more likely to report living with individuals who used cigarettes (31.5%), hookah (12.1%), and e-cigarettes (15.5%) compared with their peers (26.5%, 8.5%, 12.5%, respectively). Conclusions Adolescents with asthma reported tobacco product use, positive beliefs about tobacco products, and high potential home exposure to tobacco products. There is a pressing need for education regarding potential harm of alternative tobacco products among adolescents with asthma.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)865-869
Number of pages5
JournalAnnals of Epidemiology
Issue number12
StatePublished - 1 Dec 2016


  • Adolescent
  • Asthma
  • Smoking


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