Studies have shown that hookah smoking is on the rise among adolescents and young adults, which is a cause of concern for members of the Society of Toxicology (SOT).
"Researchers are finding that people perceive hookah smoking as a safer and healthier means of tobacco use. However, toxicological research is finding elements in hookah smoke that are well-established to cause adverse health effects," says Norbert E. Kaminski, PhD, SOT President 2014-2015.
Studies show that hookah use is associated with potentially dangerous chemicals and health effects:
"Developing comprehensive assessments of any substance's health risks can take years of research," says Dr. Kaminski, "but in the meantime, individuals using hookah water pipes need to be aware of the potential dangers that are already present."
In its new issue statement on hookah smoking, the Society identifies many factors that could impact the health of hookah users, including the inhaled smoke and vapors; secondhand smoke and vapors; and emissions generated from the smoldering charcoal that is used in water pipes.
The report can be found online at: https://www.toxicology.org/pr/Hookah_HowDangerous.pdf
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