What is Hookah? Water pipe Originated in India Traced back to Middle East – Shisha Parts of a hookah:
How Hookah Works Inhaling through the pipe/hose increases pressure in jar. Air moves into the bowl above which the charcoal and tobacco are placed. Lit charcoal heats the air. Air evaporates the tobacco smoke Smoke goes through the water jar Heat is lost as it makes its way to the top of the jar to which the hose is attached Smoker takes in this smoke and then releases it as with a cigarette.
Hookah’s Appeal Wide variety of flavors + smells Social activity Hookah bars/lounges Portable hookahs
Hookah is dangerous! Myth: Hookah is better than cigarettes because the water that the toxic smoke passes through cleans the smoke of it’s toxins. Many health risks
Exposure to Toxins Water does not purify smoke of all toxins Exposed to: Tar Carbon Monoxide Heavy metals Carcinogens
Exposure to Smoke More than cigarette “A typical one-hour session of hookah smoking exposes the user to 100 to 200 times the volume of smoke inhaled from a single cigarette.” – WHO Advisory Second hand smoke
Addiction Contains more nicotine than cigarette Same addiction risk as other forms of tobacco
Other Hazards Hygiene Passing pipes between people possibility of infection Fire hazards Lit charcoal Slightest movement can cause hookah to topple causing a fire
At your next “Hookah party”… Think twice Hookah is just as dangerous as other forms of tobacco. Why fill your lungs with toxic chemicals and smoke? The fun is not worth the price you’ll have to pay later.