Mar 15, 2019
Hookah smoking is considered safe and fun. It attracts teens and young adults by the droves. This cavalier attitude is drawing alarm from the American Heart Association, and it is time to set the record straight.
Water pipe smoking is industrial strength tobacco smoking. A one hour hookah session exposes the smoker to the nicotine and tar equivalent of 100 cigarettes.
Then consider the additional dangers. The flavoring chemicals added to the tobacco mix themselves have toxicity. Then we have the charcoal that is used to burn the flavored tobacco that adds its own carcinogens and carbon monoxide. Beyond that, you can contract a nasty infection from the shared mouthpiece.
Here’s the hooker: the water through which the smoke bubbles cools the smoke but does not filter the toxic chemicals.
Hookah smoking is popular because it is a social activity and seems cool. Pass on this information to your teens so that they understand the risks to the heart and lungs from hookah as well as e-cigarette vaping and tobacco smoking.
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