Hookah use is increasing faster than any other tobacco product. In California 11.2% adult males (24.5%, 18-24 years) and 2.8% adult females (10%, 18-24 year) have ever smoked hookah.
Hookah smoke is dangerous. The duration of a single puff of hookah smoke is double that of a cigarette and the suction pressure for inhalation of hookah smoke is four times that for a cigarette therefore hookah smoke reaches deeper into the lung tissue.
Health risks of hookah smoking are:
- Coronary heart disease
- Adverse pulmonary effects
- Cancer of the lungs, mouth and bladder
- Infertility in females & sterility in males
- Low birth weight and birth defects in babies born to smoking mothers
- Increase risk of communicable diseases (hepatitis, herpes and tuberculosis)
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