Hookah Use: Myths and Misperceptions

Commentary by Thomas Eissenbug, PhD == In recent years, there has been an increase in hookah use around the world, most notably among youth and university students.  The United States is not immune.  The Monitoring the Future survey for 12th grade students found that in 2012, 18.3% of high school seniors in the United States had used hookahs in the past year, up from 17.1% in 2010.  Other studies of young adults indicate that hookah smoking is more prevalent among university students in the United States, with past-year use ranging from 22 percent to 40 percent. The Food and Drug…