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Aug 21, 2013 8:43 PM by John Reger

GQ: Is hookah smoking safer than cigarettes?

Hookah smoking is something that's becoming more popular in the U.S., especially with university students and a growing number of high school students. I've gotten several questions similar to this one: Is hookah smoking safer than smoking cigarettes? Good Question.
A hookah is a water pipe where flavored tobacco is heated and inhaled through a hose after it passes through water.

Medical professionals say hookahs are not safer and can be worse for you than cigarettes. The Centers for Disease Control says a person takes 200 puffs in a typical 1-hour hookah session versus 20 puffs of a cigarette.

A hookah user takes in 180 times more smoke than with a cigarette and it's inhaled more deeply.

The water doesn't filter out toxic ingredients. The Mayo Clinic says hookah smokers inhale more carbon monoxide than cigarette smokers and inhale the same high levels of tar, heavy metals and cancer-causing chemicals.

Hookahs deliver the same amount of nicotine as cigarettes and can lead to an addictive habit.

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