Hookah, Where Are We Now?
Thalia Smith, a doctoral student in Behavioral Science and Community Health was an invited guest speaker at the Tobacco Treatment Specialist Recertification Conference by FSU AHEC (Florida State University Area Health Education Centers). The presentation covered hookah and e-hookah products including hookah prevalence, current research on hookah use and the dangers associated with hookah use. The presentation also addressed policies related to hookah use and the Clean Indoor Air Acts. As a new social behavior, hookah smoking is a growing public health threat and it is imperative that the public is adequately informed about the dangers associated with this behavior. Thalia had this to say about her presentation:
“As an invited guest speaker, presenting at this conference gave me an opportunity to utilize the skills derived from my time at the BSCH department. As a doctoral candidate conducting research on various aspects of tobacco use I was able to inform a non-academic audience on public health topics, not limited to alternative tobacco products like hookah. I truly believe that disseminating and sharing information, particularly on this scale, is part of the foundation of public health and is a tenant that we as public health professionals should all ascribe to.”