Hookah is Tobacco

The amount of smoke inhaled during a typical one-hour hookah smoking session is equivalent to smoking 100-200 cigarettes. – World Health OrganizationHookah pipe

Hookah tobacco use among Oregon teenagers is rising at alarming rates.

Nationally, hookah use for both middle and high school students has increased dramatically, with current use among high school students rising from 5.2 percent in 2013 to 9.4 percent in 2014.

Hookah tobacco is addictive, contains nicotine and can cause lung cancer, heart disease and other complications—just like cigarettes. Burning the charcoal in the pipe creates additional risks and little is known about the health effects of smoking and the added flavorings.

It is often marketed toward young people with candy- and cocktail-flavored tobacco, online marketing and party and bar scene atmospheres revolving around smoking hookah. Hookah is not to be confused with herbal products or dried fruit. It is tobacco. Hookah is no less harmful than cigarettes.

Many users think smoking hookah is safer than smoking cigarettes. Extensive research shows that this is FALSE.

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