FIND OUT WHAT HOOKAH IS AND ITS POTENTIAL HEALTH EFFECTS
Hookahs are water pipes that are used to smoke specially made flavors. They are typically smoked in groups, passing the same mouthpiece from person to person. Hookah smoking has many of the same health risks as cigarette smoking − both contain several toxic agents known to cause lung, bladder and oral cancers. Because of the way a hookah is used, smokers may absorb more of the toxic tobacco substances than cigarette smokers do.
Secondhand smoke from hookahs can be a serious health risk for nonsmokers. It contains smoke from the tobacco, as well as smoke from the heat source (e.g., charcoal) used in the hookah.