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Hookah Smoke Contains More Toxins Than Cigarette Smoke

While cigarette use among millennials is declining, smoking tobacco through hookahs and e-cigarettes is increasing. The belief of younger smokers is that not only are hookahs and e-cigarettes more hip, they’re also healthier. Well a new study shows that may not actually be the case when it comes to hookahs. Research funded by the National Cancer Institute and performed by the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine found that “when comparing one hookah session with one cigarette, more harmful toxins are present during the hookah session, with the user inhaling 125 times the smoke, 25 times the tar, 2.5 times the nicotine and 10 times the carbon monoxide in comparison.” The comparison isn’t a perfect one though, because as Dr. Primack explains “people smoke cigarettes and hookahs in very different ways…" Even with the difficult comparison, when you consider that Americans as young as 15 are smoking tobacco through hookahs, it’s easy to see why these findings are so concerning.

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