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Year : 2015  |  Volume : 6  |  Issue : 1  |  Page : 79

Psycho-social needs impact on hookah smoking initiation among women: A qualitative study from Iran

1 Community-Based Participatory Research Center, Iranian Institute for Reduction of High-Risk Behaviors, Tehran University of Medical Sciences, Tehran, Iran
2 Department of Reproductive Health,Prenatal and Delivery, School of Nursing and Midwifery, Tehran University of Medical Sciences, Tehran, Iran
3 Behavioral Sciences Research Center and Nursing Faculty, Baqiyatallah University of Medical Sciences, Tehran, Iran
4 Child Growth and Development Research Center, Isfahan University of Medical Sciences, Isfahan, Iran
5 School of Public Health and Knowledge Utilization Research Center, Tehran University of Medical Sciences, Tehran, Iran

Correspondence Address:
Shirin Shahbazi Sighaldeh
Department of Reproductive Health, Tehran University of Medical Sciences, Tehran
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Source of Support: None, Conflict of Interest: None

DOI: 10.4103/2008-7802.163374

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Background: In Iranian women, the use of hookah is the most common method of tobacco smoking. This study aimed to find the role of psycho-social needs and gaps as a possible risk factor for hookah smoking initiation in women. Methods: This qualitative study was conducted during 2012-2013 in Tehran, Iran. Thirty-six women participated in the study. They were current or former users of hookah. Data were collected through in-depth individual interviews and was analyzed through content analysis. Results: Four main categories were identified from the data. This study focused on the category: Psycho-social needs and gaps. This category has five sub-categories which explain why women begin to smoke hookah including curiosity; desire for non-feminine, forbidden, and negative activities; need for amusement and recreation; for others: To show off; attract attention; satisfy and join others and protection. Conclusions: From this study, a variety of factors which contribute to the initiation of hookah smoking among women have been identified. Keeping young girls and women away from seemingly happy gatherings of hookah smokers; Providing appropriate recreational facilities for young women and training families on how to help their children in the event of a crisis-like intention to take up smoking behavior, can be some effective ways for reducing hookah smoking initiation among women.

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