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Hookah Smoking Associated with Serious Health Problems

 

Research has debunked that misconception that smoking from a waterpipe is safer than smoking a cigarette.

On the contrary, researchers found that waterpipe smoking is associated with serious health problems affecting the head and neck region. The World Health Organization reports that because of the way a hookah is used, smokers may absorb more of the toxic substances found in cigarette smoke than cigarette smokers do. Moreover, an hour-long hookah smoking session involves 200 puffs, while smoking an average cigarette involves 20 puffs.

The findings, based on a review of literature, determined waterpipe smoking to be associated with several health issues, including gum disease, dry socket, oral cancer and esophageal cancer.

Put simply, smoking is dangerous to both oral health and overall health regardless of whether a person is smoking a cigarette, an e-cigarette, a cigar or tobacco from a waterpipe.

The findings, based on a review of literature, determined waterpipe smoking to be associated with several health issues, including gum disease, dry socket, oral cancer and esophageal cancer.

The study was published in The Journal of the American Dental Association.

 

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