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Study: Hookah Smoke Linked to Cancer

A recent ongoing study has convinced researchers that a chemical in hookah smoke, both firsthand and secondhand, is linked to cancer, and has been found to contain benzene, according to KBPS.org. A San Diego State University (SDSU) study, funded by the American Cancer Society, has found evidence that burning hookah tobacco creates a chemical that researchers believe causes lung cancer and heart disease. Benzene, which is a known cause of leukemia, was also found in the byproduct. During the study, 3-HPMA (a metabolite of acrolein) was detected in the urine samples of 105 hookah smokers and 103 non-smokers who were exposed to ... Read More

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

Hookah Bar Workers At Risk of Secondhand Smoke Exposure, Study Finds

Secondhand smoke from hookah pipes is an under-recognized health hazard to workers, medical researchers say, citing evidence collected from studies conducted in hookah bars, which are growing in popularity and number throughout the U.S. “Hookah use is often exempt from clean indoor air laws that protect people from secondhand smoke. Ours is the first study that links poor hookah bar air quality to damaging effects in workers, and the results recommend closer monitoring of this industry to protect the public,” wrote lead researcher Dr. Terry Gordon of the New York University School of Medicine. Testing markers of active smoking and ... Read More