A recent study from the Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center shows that hookah smoking is becoming increasingly popular among young adults. Erin L. Suftin, Ph.D of the Department of Social Sciences and Healthy Policy says
Unfortunately, many young adults are misinformed about the safety of hookah smoking and some mistakenly believe it to be safer than cigarette smoking.
I own two hookahs, which I purchased only a few months before deciding to quit smoking. I was actually one of those people who thought that a hookah filtered out most of the toxins and made smoking healthier, but after using it a few times and waking up with an extremely sore throat and chest, I decided to do some research.
It turns out that not only is using a hookah no healthier than smoking a cigarette, it’s actually worse, because most hookah smokers will casually smoke for as long as 30 minutes to an hour or longer. And because the smoke feels mild, most people will take much deeper and longer drags. That’s a ton of toxins going into your body.
Needless to say, I haven’t smoked my hookahs since I’ve quit smoking, but to be completely honest, I do plan to use them in the future with friends. I had a lot of fun using my hookahs, but I’ll probably only use them maybe a one or two times per year from now on.
I’ll also be switching to nicotine-free, tobacco-free shisha. Burning anything and inhaling it introduces toxins into the body, but at the very least I would like to prevent the addiction of nicotine from coming back.
If you’d like to read more about the study check out “Hookah use widespread among college students; Study reveals mistaken perception of safety in potential gateway drug.” There are tons of interesting facts about smoking a hookah in this report.
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