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The Effects of Hookah

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Steaven Rojas

on 15 November 2012

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HOOKAH & ITS EFFECTS ON THE BODY Presentation by Steaven Rojas What is Hookah? How is it different from cigarettes? What effects does it have on the body? Hookah vs. Cigarettes While many hookah smokers may consider the practice less harmful than smoking cigarettes, hookah smoking carries many of the same health risks as cigarettes. Water pipe smoking delivers the addictive drug nicotine and is at least as toxic as cigarette smoke. Due to the mode of smoking—including frequency of puffing, depth of inhalation, and length of the smoking session—hookah smokers may absorb higher concentrations of the toxins found in cigarette smoke. A typical 1-hour-long hookah smoking session involves inhaling 100–200 times the volume of smoke inhaled from a single cigarette. Hookah smokers are at risk for the same kinds of diseases as are caused by cigarette smoking, including oral cancer, lung cancer, stomach cancer, cancer of the esophagus, reduced lung function, and decreased fertility. How It Works Health Effects The charcoal used to heat tobacco in the hookah increases the health risks by producing high levels of carbon monoxide, metals, and cancer-causing chemicals. Even after it has passed through water, the smoke produced by a hookah contains high levels of toxic compounds, including carbon monoxide, heavy metals, and cancer-causing chemicals. Hookah tobacco and smoke contain numerous toxic substances known to cause lung, bladder, and oral cancers. Other Effects Hookah tobacco and smoke contain numerous toxic substances known to cause clogged arteries and heart disease Infectious diseases may be transmitted by sharing a hookah. Using a hookah to smoke tobacco poses a serious potential health hazard to smokers and others exposed to the smoke emitted. Hookah smoking is NOT a safe alternative to smoking cigarettes.
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