Educate Your Child about the Dangers
Similar to cigarettes, hookah smoking delivers the addictive drug nicotine and it is at least as toxic as cigarette smoking. Hookahs are water pipes that are used to smoke specially made tobacco that is usually flavored. Hookah smoking is typically practiced in groups, with the same mouthpiece passed from person to person.
In recent years, there has been an increase in hookah use, most notably among youth and college students. The Monitoring the Future survey found that in 2014, about 23% of 12th-grade students in the U.S. had used hookahs in the past year, up from 17 % in 2010. The CDC’s National Youth Tobacco Survey found that from 2013 to 2014, hookah smoking roughly doubled for middle and high school students in the U.S.
Hookah smoke contains many of the same harmful toxins as cigarette smoke and has been associated with lung cancer, respiratory illness and periodontal disease. Talk with your kids about the dangers of hookah smoking.
–Source: Centers for Disease Control and Prevention