Use of electronic cigarettes and water pipes (hookahs) is rising among Hispanics in the United States, a new study finds.
Researchers asked 180 Hispanics, aged 18 to 64, across the country about their use of tobacco products. They found “substantial use” of e-cigarettes and/or hookahs.
Spanish-speaking immigrants aged 36 to 64 were least likely to use e-cigarettes or hookahs. Hispanic smokers aged 18 to 35 reported much higher use, said researcher Aida Giachello of Northwestern University, in Chicago, and colleagues.
The results were to be presented Tuesday at the American Heart Association’s annual meeting in Orlando, Fla.
Reasons for the popularity of e-cigarettes and hookahs among Hispanics included easy access, the taste and smell of flavored tobacco products, few restrictions on public use, and their connection with socializing, the researchers said in a heart association news release.
Until peer-reviewed for publication in a medical journal, research presented at meetings is usually considered preliminary.
The U.S. National Institute on Drug Abuse has more about electronic cigarettes.