Hookahs…..Not Just Blowing Smoke!

“Hookahs here, Hookahs there, Hookahs, Hookahs everywhere”! I am sure that you have heard or at least have read somewhere about the new fad for smoking Hookahs. I was having a conversation with a friend about adding hookah pens to some gifts bags for some friends and the thought of “What exactly are Hookahs?” stopped me in mid thought. I decided to do some research because for one, I would never want to give my friends anything that was harmful to them as a gift and secondly, I am just noisy and want to know exactly what is being inhaled .

The information that I found out about hookahs was alarming and downright deceiving to tell the truth about it. I found so much information on hookahs from the CDC http://www.cdc.gov and wanted to share what I discovered. Now that I have knowledge about the health effects and comparisons with cigarettes I think this is one fad that I will simply ignore and will personally educate my friends who find this hookah smoking to be all the rage.

Hookahs are water pipes that are used to smoke specially made tobacco that comes in different flavors, such as apple, mint, cherry, chocolate, coconut, licorice, cappuccino, and watermelon-So now I understand why smoking hookahs are so appealing…. flavored death.

Although many users think it is less harmful, hookah smoking has many of the same health risks as cigarette smoking- Oh wow now I didn’t know that!

New forms of electronic hookah smoking, including steam stones and hookah pens, have been introduced-Some of my friends are not going to like this

These products are battery powered and turn liquid containing nicotine, flavorings, and other chemicals into a vapor, which is inhaled-WTF….”other chemicals”

Very little information is currently available on the health risks of electronic tobacco products.-So basically people are puffing on something they have no evidence as of yet what will happen to you.

The charcoal used to heat the tobacco can raise health risks by producing high levels of carbon monoxide, metals, and cancer-causing chemicals-This is horrible

While many hookah smokers may think this practice is less harmful than smoking cigarettes, hookah smoking has many of the same health risks as cigarette smoking-This is exactly what I thought when I took a few puffs….Knowledge is the key here folks!

Still don’t believe me and that smoking hookah is a very bad idea? Well then check out these references:

American Lung Association. An Emerging Deadly Trend: Waterpipe Tobacco Use . [PDF–222 KB] Washington: American Lung Association, 2007 [accessed 2013 Dec 17].

U.S. Food and Drug Administration. Electronic Cigarettes (e-Cigarettes) [last updated 2013 April 25; accessed 2013 Dec 17].

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