Hookah smoking, common in the Middle East, is rising in popularity in the US among young people. Research into the effects and safety of hookah has however been limited.
A study by the American Thoracic Society shows that one session of hookah smoking will produce smoke that is equivalent to that of 125 cigarettes. The findings come in the face of a common misconception that hookah smoking is less harmful than cigarette smoking.
The study reveals that the same health risks as those of cigarette smoking are common in hookah smokers. Light use of the hookah also called the water pipe leads to lung function abnormalities.
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Mike Dilkes MS FRCS(ORL-HNS), FRCSEd, FRCS
Mike Dilkes ENT is based in Central, North, East and South London. Most of our consultations and treatments are carried out either at The Hospital of St John and St Elizabeth or The London Independent Hospital. The Hospital of St John and St Elizabeth is one of London's biggest and most prestigious private hospitals.
It is in St Johns's Wood, a leafy area of the west end, just north of Harley Street and Regent's Park. The London Independent Hospital is in Stepney Green, hidden away just behind Mile End Road, just to the East of the City of London. Formally The London Jewish Hospital, it is a purpose built modern building with full facilities, beautifully appointed rooms, state of the art laser systems and, in case anything goes wrong (it really shouldn't), a fully covered Consultant 24 hour ward and Intensive Care presence - the only private hospital in London to have this.