Department of Epidemiology Professor and Chair Wasim Maziak participated in a study published in the American Journal of Preventive Medicine this month, which found that larger universities attract hookah establishments. The study also found that “smoke-free policies decrease these odds.”
“We hope that our findings will prompt state and local governments to consider targeted regulations that ban or limit these establishments near educational institutions and that waterpipe smoking regulations are included in campuswide tobacco-related policies,” said Wasim Maziak, M.D., Ph.D., a professor at Florida International University and one of the collaborators on the study, along with researchers from the University of Florida, the University of South Carolina and the University of Michigan. “Hookah smoking places our youth at a health risk and must be taken seriously as part of the larger fight against tobacco and the preventable diseases it causes.”
Read the full press release at the UFHealth Newsroom.