|Hookahs are water pipes that are used to smoke specially made tobacco that comes in a variety of flavors, such as chocolate and cherry. The tobacco is indirectly heated with charcoal or wood embers. Hookah is also known as narghile, argileh, shisha, sheesha, goza, and hubbly-bubbly.|
- Many hookah users think it is less harmful than smoking cigarettes. However, hookah smoking carries the same or similar health effects as smoking cigarettes and exposure to secondhand smoke: cancer, heart disease, respiratory disease, and infertility.
- Hookah smokers inhale as much smoke during a typical hookah session as a cigarette smoker would inhale by consuming 100-200 cigarettes.
- Infections, like tuberculosis, hepatitis, and meningitis, may be passed to others by sharing a hookah.
- The method used to burn the tobacco (charcoal wood cinders) also poses a health risk because carbon monoxide and heavy metals are released. This method increases the risk for carbon monoxide poisoning and fire.
When you are ready to quit hookah, call 1-800-QUIT-NOW or visit: www.nevadatobaccoquitline.com
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Last modified on 09/22/2021