- Post 22 April 2013
- By Roz Edward, National Content Director
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Do you hookah? This increasingly popular recreational activity among contemporary club goers an exotic experience which offers participants a virtual night in Tunisia may not be the paradise like proviso you thought. Hookah bars have been popping up from D.C. to Detroit with a quickness. But remember it's not dope, it's tobacco (depending on your perspective or preference), but the question we have to aks now is is it really safe.
For those unfamiliar, hookah is a pipe that vaporizes flavored tobacco for the purpose of smoking it. Although smoking a hookah is often viewed as safe, it can have deadly consequences, according to the CD
First of all there is the obvious, STDs are transmitted orally and with a number of know and unknow partners smoking from the same pipes, smoking a hookah is comparable to sharing a needle. You must know your partners immediately.
In addition Hookah smokers are at risk for the same kinds of diseases that any smoker is subject to, including oral cancer, lung cancer, stomach cancer, cancer of the esophagus, reduced lung function, and decreased fertility.
And in case you didn't know a typical hourlong hookah smoking session involves inhaling 100–200 times the volume of smoke inhaled from a single cigarette.
Also the charcoal used to heat tobacco in the hookah produces high levels of carbon monoxide, metals, and cancer-causing chemicals.
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Hookah smoking contributes to low birth weight in infants, much like cigarette smoking puts preganant women and their precious cargo in jeopardardy, leading to a slew of maladies for unorn children.
And finally there is that whole controversy about second hand smoke. You can't contain the malicios effects of smoking on non-smokers in the vicinity of the hookah.
Now that you're armed with the information that youmay or may not have had, proceed with caution and enjoy your night in Tunisia.