Hookah harmful than cigarettes

Hookah harmful than cigarettes
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Hookah Harmful Than Cigarettes. The idea that hookah smoking is somehow less harmful than cigarettes is a dangerous misperception, scientists said. Hookah or water pipe use continues to rise among Canadian youth despite declines in the number of youths who smoke cigarettes, a new study has found.

Toronto: The idea that hookah smoking is somehow less harmful than cigarettes is a dangerous misperception, scientists said. Hookah or water pipe use continues to rise among Canadian youth despite declines in the number of youths who smoke cigarettes, a new study has found.

The study from the University of Waterloo found that almost one in four high school seniors try smoking hookah.

The study estimates that more than 78,200 youth are current water pipe users.

"While we can celebrate a continued slow decline in cigarette use across the country, water pipes are bucking the trend," said Leia Minaker, from the University of Waterloo, who conducted the study. Water pipes work by bubbling tobacco smoke through water, leading many users to believe that they carry less risk than cigarettes.

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