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Find out why hookah may be more harmful than you think

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The hookah vs. cigarettes, is there a difference? The hookah contains high levels of toxic compounds. Just like cigarettes hookah has tar, carbon monoxide, heavy metals and carcinogens.

According to the Mayo Clinic, those who smoke hookah are exposed to carbon monoxide at higher level's significantly over the amount of cigarette smokers.

The element of similarity between cigarette smoking and hookah smoking, can lead to lung and oral cancers, heart disease, and various illness. Overall, hookah smokers receive the same amount of nicotine as cigarette smokers. Both contain substances that can lead to tobacco addiction.

Hookah smoke causes illness and or secondhand smoke. Pregnant women should not smoke hookah as it can lead to babies with low birth weight.

Also, pipes used to smoke hookah in bars and cafes can be filthy. Many friends and strangers who share hookah can be at risk of infectious diseases. It is best to thoroughly clean the mouth piece before using.

The conclusion is that cigarette tobacco is just as toxic as a hookah pipe. No, the water in the hookah does not filter out the toxic ingredients in the tobacco. So the hookah looks more fun but smokers can probably inhale more tobacco toxins.

Are you a hookah smoker? Please share your story! Scroll down to the bottom of this page where you can write your thoughts and insights on this subject.

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