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Contrary to popular belief hookah can be very toxic to your health. Therefore, before participating in this popular hobby be sure to understand the dangers.

E-Cigarettes aren’t the real thing but are very close to it. Vaping, which is basically what smoking an E-Cigarette is, can give the same withdrawal symptoms as regular cigarettes. Surprisingly, E-Cigarettes aren’t regulated by the FDA which means there are no safety checks or requirements for what can and cannot go inside them. Among other concerns, the CDC reports that calls to the nation’s poison centers are growing rapidly relating to E-Cigarette poisoning from accidental ingestion of it’s liquid, inhalation, and exposure to the eyes and skin.

Hookahs are water pipes used to smoke specialty tobacco that is usually flavored. The charcoal used to heat the tobacco in the hookah increases health risks by producing smoke containing high levels of carbon monoxide, metals, and cancer causing chemicals. The CDC has stated that smoking hookah is just as toxic as cigarettes and also contains the addictive drug nicotine. Some of the risks associated with using this device include lung cancer, respiratory illness, low birth weight, and periodontal disease.

In fact, a hookah smoking session may expose the people in the room to the smoke over a longer period of time than cigarette smoke. Mainly due to the method used which causes smokers to absorb higher concentrations of the toxins. Other problems reported from smoking hookah are dizziness and burns from not securing the charcoal safely.

For more information regarding these smoking alternatives, please contact your local physician or health care provider.

Written By: Nyia Moore

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