Hookah is Tobacco
Hookah tobacco use among Oregon teenagers is rising at alarming rates.
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.
The amount of smoke inhaled during a typical one-hour hookah smoking session is equivalent to smoking 100-200 cigarettes.
– World Health Organization
In the five Oregon counties that have hookah lounges, including Washington County, youth smoking rates are rising.
- Hookah smoking increased significantly among 8th-and 11th graders from 2008 to 2009 in Oregon, particularly in the counties where hookah lounges are located.
- In those same counties, hookah smoking almost doubled among 8th-grade girls.
- More than two-thirds of 8th-graders and half of 11th-graders, who smoke hookah, also smoke cigarettes.
Many users think smoking hookah is safer than smoking cigarettes. Extensive research shows that this is FALSE.