Does Hookah Smoking Replace Regular Cigarettes?

Published on April 19th, 2011 14:34

Young Americans are lightning up fewer cigarettes, but experts state that progress is threatened by a rather popular cultural import- the decorated water pipe also know as hookah.

What commenced as an ardor for smoking exotic tobacco in hookah bars is demonstrating disturbing durability, according to a research conducted by the Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center in Winston-Salem, North Carolina. “This may be a so called starter product for other tobacco uses,” stated Erin L. Sutfin, the professor chief of the research. Suffin also added that she and her colleagues led the research because little has been realized to estimate the prevalence of hookah smoking and what perceptions or imperceptions increase its popularity. “Unlikely, many young adults are misled about the safety of hookah smoking, and some wrongly suppose that it is safer than regular cigarette smoking,” she stated.

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The research results were taken from an Internet survey of 3,770 students at nine North Carolina colleges and universities. The experts revealed that 40% of the students, more than one third of those surveyed – declared that they smoke hookah, while approximately 47% stated that they prefer smoking regular cigarettes. Suffin declared that 22% of the students, who stated that they were hookah smokers, had never smoked a cigarette, indicating that prosperous efforts to discourage one health hazard could be getting slackened by another. Those hookah smokers who do not smoke other tobacco products as cigarettes, cigars or any smokeless tobacco –are still exposed to risks from hookah smoke, Sutfin stated.

The smoke that is usually inhaled more deeply because it is cooled by water contains increased levels of toxic substances, including tar, carbon monoxide and heavy metals. Despite laws in North Carolina and other states that prohibit smoking in the majority of bars and restaurants, hookah establishments are not covered as they do not serve food or beverages.

Hookah bars seem to be a common venue in college towns. At one of such bar near the campus of North Carolina State University in Raleigh, two students smoked a hookah in a room decorated in Arabic style full of comfortable coaches and fabric. Both students didn’t know about the health hazards but supposed that hookah smoking was not as bad as smoking regular cigarettes. “I can’t smoke a cigarette to save my life. I simply can’t. It is too coarse,” stated Chris Conrad, 26, who usually smokes hookah tobacco once or twice a week. “I do not believe that this is addictive.” Tom Battle, 26, said that he doesn’t plan to smoke hookah for the rest of his life, but he is young and can afford smoke hookah tobacco once in awhile.

By Joanna Johnson, Staff Writer. Copyright © 2011 All rights reserved.

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