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CrystalJade March 2nd 2013 05:09 AM

Hookah worse than cigarettes??
I just read a few articles about how hookah was worse than cigarettes! I fail to understand how this can be because hookah tobacco contains less harmful substances than cigarettes. I smoke hookah maybe once a week or so, I do it pretty often. I refuse to believe these "studies". I kind of feel like the cigarette companies came out with these "studies" to try and promote people to go back to their product because hookah is such a big hit right now. All it is is tobacco, water, and a coal, none of that rat poison or anything. I understand that smoking anything isn't healthy.

Any thought?

i_like_black March 2nd 2013 06:17 AM

Re: Hookah worse than cigarettes??
Well, burning coal can produce carbon monoxide, which is very harmful, and tobacco in itself is harmful, not JUST the tobacco you find in cigarettes.

I know that self-rolled cigarettes are considered to have higher levels of certain toxins than factory made cigarettes, and this may be the same case with hookah. The best thing for you to do is find the source of these studies - who did the studies, who funded it, what controls were used - stuff like that. It may be that it's accurate and because you enjoy hookah, you're in denial.

A smoke-free lady (the people that support people to quit smoking in my country) once told my flatmate that the only safe level of tobacco consumption is none, so yeah.

Anyway, at once a week, it's a recreational thing for you and I wouldn't worry too much. If you were doing it daily or multiple times a day then it's different.

Always * March 3rd 2013 08:22 PM

Re: Hookah worse than cigarettes??
Well, yes, bias is possible. But like Jess said it can have higher levels of certain toxins. You could always try a bong, that eliminates the coal and passes the tobacco smoke through water instead.

SmithWood March 7th 2013 06:52 AM

Re: Hookah worse than cigarettes??
cigs supply forms of toxic compounds, as well as harmful toxins incorporated, as well as hooka, could be a mouth watering smoke much like substance taht is perfect for probably the most component thoroughly clean of toxins as well as toxins I light up newports and also hooka really on a regular basis and also hooka is in fact not too poor to suit your needs.

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