Hooka pipe smoking is gaining popularity, but is it safe? - KCBD NewsChannel 11 Lubbock

11/13/09

Hooka pipe smoking is gaining popularity, but is it safe?

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By Kristin Beerman | email

Edited by Jon Bush | email 

LUBBOCK, TX (KCBD) – Hookah pipe smoking may be catching on with teens and even middle schoolers.  Researchers at the University of Florida found 11% of high school students and 4% of middle school students in Florida have tried smoking hookah. Hookah pipes burn charcoal and tobacco.  Air is drawn through the tobacco and into the pipe, where it passes through water.

Doctors say smokers mistakenly believe that it is safe because they think the water acts as a filter and that it does not contain tobacco.  The World Health Organization says users may smoke the equivalent of 100 or more cigarettes in one 20 to 80 minute hookah session.

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