Hookah Pollutes More than Cigarettes

A recent study showed that hookahs—water pipes used to smoke specially made tobacco that comes in different flavors—produce at least twice as much indoor pollution as cigarettes. The study showed higher levels of carbon monoxide as well as tiny particles called PM 2.5 from hookah than cigarette smoke. In fact, inside areas adjacent to hookah smokers contained higher levels of pollution that rooms with active cigarette smokers.

Many people have misconceptions that hookah is a safer alternative to smoking. According to the CDC, during one hookah session, the smoker can inhale the equivalent smoke of about 150 cigarettes. This new study shows that the secondhand effects of hookah are also detrimental.

Hookah use has been increasing in the U.S. and throughout the world and many people are unaware of the risks. Smoke that has passed through water is cooler and may be easier to inhale, but it still contains many of the same cancer-causing agents that are in cigarette smoke.

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