Looks like hookah smoking not as safe of an alternative as many people believed.
Many research studies have shown the dangers of smoking cigarettes, but the effects of hookah smoking have not been studied extensively. A new study of 9,840 people in Iran has found that hookah smokers are at greater risk of diabetes and obesity. One hookah session could be equivalent to smoking a whole pack of cigarettes, study co-author Gordon Ferns said.
While the new trend of smoking hookah has been touted as a cigarette replacement, the misconception seems to be slowly on the way out after plenty of studies proving just the opposite. A study of Michigan teens in 2004 showed that teens who smoked hookah were 84% more likely to also have tried smoking cigarettes as well.
It takes an average of 20 puffs to finish a cigarette, but hookah can last much longer and cause people to inhale a higher amount of carcinogenic substances.
A 2018 study found that only 11% of US students between sixth and 12th grade have tried hookah. More than 50% of teens, however, overestimate how often their friends smoke hookah, and the study says teens are nine times more likely to try it if they think their peers are smoking too.