Hookah Not Safer Than Cigarettes

How safe is it?


As cigarette usage falls in some developed countries like the United States, hookah smoking has been gaining popularity. But how safe is it?

Hookah originated from Persia and India, and is a way of smoking tobacco by drawing it through water, often with communal pipes.

While seen by many as a safer alternative to cigarettes, hookah smoking still exposes a person to high levels of toxins. Recent analysis found that one hookah session exposes a person to 10 times the carbon monoxide, 25 times the tar, and 125 times the smoke as a single cigarette. While habits of smoking hookah and cigarettes differ, the evidence is clear—tobacco consumption in any form is not safe. “One hookah tobacco smoking session delivers 25 times the tar of a single cigarette”, www.sciencedaily.com, January 11, 2016.


Taken from Last Generation, Vol. 26 No. 3, “Lifelines”. Last Generation is a vibrant 32-page soul-winning magazine published six times a year. To subscribe, call (540) 672-1996, Ext. 283.

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