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New Study: Nearly 1 in 5 High School Seniors Have Smoked Hookah
Written by Your 5News Team
Last updated on July 07, 2014 @ 11:45PM
Created on July 07, 2014 @ 5:34PM

If you've got a child in high school there is a possibility that they've tried smoking hookah at some point. A new report shows that one out of every five high school seniors has probably tried the flavored tobacco, but that they may not realize the danger.

While cigarette use has dropped 33% in this country over the last decade, hookah use has more then doubled in that span.

It's a common misconception that smoking hookah is not as harmful to your health, but an hour session of smoking hookah can be the equivalent of smoking multiple packs of cigarettes. Smoking hookah can lead to increased levels of carbon monoxide and other toxic agents in your body. The CDC says that hookah smokers are just as at risk as cigarette smokers for oral and lung cancer along with several other scary health issues. Better educating our youth on the dangers of other forms of smoking tobacco could become a top priority.

"People realize cigarette smoke is bad for them, but I don't think that people realize how much effects the hookah can have on your health as well. It does have nicotine as well as extra additives that can cause lung problems, blood pressure problems, heart problems just like cigarettes can," said Dr. Mary-Ann Kroll, a pediatrician with UHC.

Because of the way hookah's are used it is possible for them to actually be more harmful then regular cigarettes.

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