Hookahs don't filter out toxic chemicals

Hookah use is growing in young people in the US, possibly fueled by myths that hookah is safer than conventional tobacco products. However, new research in Jordan has found that smoking a hookah may expose you to a number of unsafe metals, including copper, iron, chromium, lead, and uranium.

In fact, analysis found that 57 percent of heavy metals present in tobacco remained in hookah smoke, showing only a relatively small percentage of metals are filtered out by hookah water.

Researchers at German Jordanian University analyzed four popular tobacco samples and looked at the amount of heavy metals in the tobacco, as well as the amount that made its way into hookah smoke.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has reported a clear link between hookah use and an increased risk of lung cancer, oral cancer, respiratory problems, and other conditions. This new research appears to support this position.

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Sourced from: LiveScience, Hookah Myth Debunked: They Don't Filter Out Toxic Chemicals