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Persistent use of hookah smoking among Iranian women: A qualitative study
 
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Department of Reproductive Health, Prenatal and Delivery, School of Nursing and Midwifery, Tehran University of Medical Sciences, Tehran, Iran
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Department of Nursing, School of Nursing and Midwifery, Tehran University of Medical Sciences, Tehran, Iran
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University of Medical Sciences, Tehran, Iran
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Health Education and Promotion, Environmental Health Research Center, Golestan University of Medical Sciences
Publish date: 2018-11-20
Submission date: 2018-07-29
Final revision date: 2018-10-02
Acceptance date: 2018-11-01
 
Tob. Prev. Cessation 2018;4(November):38
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Introduction:
Hookah smoking is the most common method of tobacco smoking among Iranian women and its rate has significantly increased over the past few decades. This study aimed to explore reasons behind persistent use of hookah smoking among Iranian women.

Methods:
Hookah smoking is the most common method of tobacco smoking among Iranian women and its rate has significantly increased over the past few decades. This study aimed to explore reasons behind persistent use of hookah smoking among Iranian women.

Results:
The main factors for persistent use of hookah smoking from the perspective of women were entertainment, a pretext to gather with old friends and family members, and a method for the creation of social networks. Hookah smoking has been described as entertainment and fun.

Conclusions:
Strategies aimed to curb the social issue of hookah smoking by women need to focus on the provision of appropriate entertainment methods with the consideration of advantages, such as gathering with friends and family members and consolidating relationships.

CORRESPONDING AUTHOR:
Abdurrahman Charkazi   
Health Education and Promotion, Environmental Health Research Center, Golestan University of Medical Sciences, Golestan, Gorgan, Iran
 
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