Smoking Hookah At Homes Pollutes Indoor Air More Than Cigarettes

Posted: Nov 8 2016, 11:49pm CST | by , Updated: Nov 10 2016, 8:10pm CST, in News | Latest Science News

 
Smoking Hookah at Homes Pollutes Indoor Air More than Cigarettes
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New study raises concern about potential negative health effects on all people living in homes where hookah is smoked.

Hookahs are water pipes that are used to smoke sweetened, flavored tobacco. This tobacco also known as shisha and is generally considered safer than cigarette smoke. But new research suggests that smoking hookahs at home is dangerous and pollutes air quality more than cigarette smoke.

“There are widespread misconceptions that hookah is a safer alternative to cigarettes. Smoking hookahs at home can be terribly dangerous for the smoker but perhaps more importantly, for children and other people living in the home.” Lead study author Michael Weitzman from New York University School of Medicine said in a statement.

To determine the affect of hookahs on indoor environments, researchers collected air samples from 33 houses in Dubai – 11 where only hookah smoking occurred, 12 with only cigarette smoking and 10 without any smoking.

Researchers found that the rooms in which hookahs were smoked showed the highest concentration levels of toxic gas called carbon monoxide and a pollutant known as P.M 2.5. Not only did carbon monoxide was much greater in the rooms where hookahs were smoked but also in the rooms adjacent to them had more than double levels of pollutants than in the cigarette smoking homes and non-smoking environments. This inevitably means that the exposure to the secondhand smoke can have devastating effects on all the individuals living in the homes where hookahs were smoked.

According to previous research, hookah smoke contains tar, carbon monoxide and other toxins found in cigarette and a smoker inhales more than 40 times more smoke than cigarette in a typical hookah session.

“Hookah smoking has been increasing in the U.S. and worldwide for the past decade,” said Thomas Eissenberg, a professor at Virginia Commonwealth University.

“Even when the smoke has passed through water, which makes it cooler and easier to inhale, that smoke still contains many of the same carcinogens as cigarette smoke.

“If you are using hookah at home, you are putting yourself and all members of your family at risk for tobacco-caused disease.”

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