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Fumes from Hookah Water Pipes Found to Contain Benzene

Hookahs, a type of water pipe, are considered to be a safe a popular way to smoke, and a healthier alternative to cigarette smoking. But a new study finds that the fumes from hookahs’ water pipes contain the toxic chemical benzene. Nada Kassem, the study author and associate director of the Center for Behavioral Epidemiology and Community Health at San Diego State University, said, “In contrast to what is believed, hookah tobacco smoking is not a safe alternative to smoking other forms of tobacco.” She further explained, “Hookah tobacco smoking involves the use of burning charcoal that is needed to heat the hookah tobacco to ... Read More

Children diagnosed with leukemia after living close to bulk-oil terminal contribute to benzene concerns

Jarrett McElheney was a normal 4-year-old boy in Athens, Ga. He loved swimming in an inflatable pool in the family’s yard. He was energetic and fun-loving, until he was diagnosed with acute lymphocytic leukemia, or ALL. While in the hospital’s waiting room, Jarrett’s parents, Jill and Jeff McElheney, found out that a neighbor’s child had also been diagnosed with leukemia. Jarrett’s doctor wrote a letter to federal environmental regulators describing the two children’s close proximity to Southeast Terminals, one of the nation’s 1,500 bulk-oil terminals, containing gasoline, diesel and fuel oil. The doctor requested that the refinery owners, BP and TransMontaigne, investigate whether or not ... Read More