Hookah Information

Waterpipe or hookah smoking is a popular phenomenon not only in Middle Eastern and South Asian countries, but also among young people in the U.S. It has seen a major resurgence in recent years after the introduction of the sweet and flavorful “shisha” that is smoked through the waterpipe (can show examples of flavors, see slides 8,11,12 in attached PPT). There is relatively little research in the scientific literature addressing waterpipe usage and health effects. APERL is currently conducting experiments testing the emissions from hookahs and comparing this to other smoked tobacco products like cigarettes.

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