March 1st, 2012

Hooked on hookah: Popularity of tobacco alternative brings warning from health experts

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Medo Alotaibi smokes tobacco using a hookah, or water pipe, several days a week, usually two hours at a time, to relax, relieve stress and socialize with fellow UND aviation students from Saudi Arabia…Health risks To use a hookah, smokers place burning charcoal on pierced foil above the tobacco and smoke is pulled through the water, which cools it….“They may believe it, but it’s not true,” said Richard Hurt, professor of medicine and director of the Nicotine Dependence Center at the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minn. “It’s more harmful than cigarette smoking.”

Grand Forks Herald, 02/29/2012

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