2016-2017 Pilot Project: A Study of the Environmental Influences of Waterpipe Tobacco Smoking Among Incoming Freshmen

Waterpipe (aka hookah) smoking has become extremely popular among young adults, particularly around the time they enter college.  Waterpipes are included in the FDA’s recent “deeming rule,” meaning that the FDA has the authority to regulate these products. However, it cannot do so without an adequate scientific understanding of use behavior and how the product’s characteristics affect use. We will be recruiting incoming freshman at The Ohio State University to participate in a 1-year cohort study with multiple follow-ups and smaller sub-studies with waterpipe users.  Our project will fill gaps in the research on young adult waterpipe experimentation, use of flavors, transitions to regular use, transitions to use of other tobacco products, and nicotine dependence.  

Project Leadership

Project Leader:

Megan Roberts, PhD, Assistant Professor, College of Public Health, The Ohio State Univeristy

Other Investigators:

Amy Ferketich, PhDProfessor, College of Public Health, The Ohio State University
Elizabeth Klein, PhD, Associate Professor, College of Public Health, The Ohio State University
Abigail Shoben, PhD, Assistant Professor, College of Public Health, The Ohio State University

The Ohio State University, Center of Excellence for Regulatory Tobacco Science (OSU-CERTS), is supported by grant number P50CA180908 from the National Cancer Institute, National Institutes of Health and Food and Drug Administration Center for Tobacco Products (CTP). The content in this website is solely the responsibility of OSU-CERTS and does not necessarily represent the official views of the National Institutes of Health or the Food and Drug Administration.