Potential Health Risks of Hookah Smoking are Being Overlooked

“Researchers are finding that people perceive hookah smoking as a safer and healthier means of tobacco use.  However, toxicological research is finding elements in hookah smoke that are well-established to cause adverse health effects,” says Norbert E. Kaminski, PhD, SOT President 2014-2015.

Studies show that hookah use is associated with potentially dangerous chemicals and health effects:

  • Chemicals produced during one hookah smoking session of 45 to 60 minutes can equal those produced by smoking 10 or more cigarettes.
  • Hookah use generates carcinogens, such as benzene, and has been linked to lung cancer and loss of lung function.
  • Similar peak plasma nicotine levels, greater blood carbon monoxide levels, and much greater inhaled smoke volume were observed from exposure to hookah smoke compared to cigarette smoke.

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