Hookahs not a safe alternative to cigarettes - KFVS12 News & Weather Cape Girardeau, Carbondale, Poplar Bluff

Hookahs not a safe alternative to cigarettes

© iStockphoto.com / Thinkstock © iStockphoto.com / Thinkstock
  • SPONSORED BY SOUTHEAST HEALTHMore>>

  • Law aims to prevent student athlete concussions

    Law aims to prevent student athlete concussions

    Tuesday, August 19 2014 8:24 PM EDT2014-08-20 00:24:09 GMT
    High school coaches and athletic directors will have to take concussion training courses under a new Illinois law signed by Gov. Pat Quinn.
    High school coaches and athletic directors will have to take concussion training courses under a new Illinois law signed by Gov. Pat Quinn.
  • 6 Heartland hospitals included in hospital system hack

    6 Heartland hospitals included in hospital system hack

    Tuesday, August 19 2014 12:25 PM EDT2014-08-19 16:25:51 GMT
    Personal information of patients of the Community Health Systems hospitals could be in the hands of hackers. More than 200 hospitals, including six in the Heartland, may be impacted by this cyber attack.
    Personal information of patients of the Community Health Systems hospitals could be in the hands of hackers. More than 200 hospitals, including six in the Heartland, may be impacted by this cyber attack.
  • Illinois sees year's 1st human case of West Nile

    Illinois sees year's 1st human case of West Nile

    Tuesday, August 19 2014 9:49 AM EDT2014-08-19 13:49:59 GMT
    Health officials in Illinois are reporting the state's first human case of West Nile virus this year.
    Health officials in Illinois are reporting the state's first human case of West Nile virus this year.

FRIDAY, May 16, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- People who smoke hookahs inhale significant amounts of nicotine and compounds that can cause cancer, heart disease and other health problems, a new study shows.

"Water pipe smoking is generally perceived to be a safe alternative to cigarette smoking, even for children and youths. Our study shows that water pipe use, particularly chronic use, is not risk-free," said study author Gideon St. Helen. He is a postdoctoral fellow in the division of clinical pharmacology and the Center for Tobacco Control Research and Education at the University of California, San Francisco.

The study included 55 men and women, aged 18 to 48, who were regular hookah smokers. The participants were asked to avoid any type of smoking for one week, and provided a urine sample at the end of that week. They then spent an evening smoking hookahs.

During that evening, the study volunteers spent an average of 74 minutes smoking hookahs and smoked an average of 0.6 bowls of hookah tobacco per person. They provided another urine sample after the hookah smoking session.

Compared to the urine samples collected after a week of not smoking, the urine sample collected after the evening of hookah smoking had: 73 times higher nicotine levels; four times higher levels of cotinine; two times higher levels of NNAL, a breakdown product of a tobacco-specific chemical called NNK, which can cause lung and pancreatic cancers; and 14 percent to 91 percent higher levels of breakdown products of volatile organic compounds such as benzene and acrolein, which are known to cause cancer, heart and lung diseases.

The study was published May 16 in the journal Cancer Epidemiology, Biomarkers & Prevention.

The large increase in nicotine levels "raises concerns about the potential addictiveness of water pipe smoking and possible effects on the developing brains of children and youths who use water pipes," St. Helen said in a journal news release. "I have seen entire families, including young children, smoking water pipes," he added.

"Our study provides evidence that water pipe smoking leads to significant intake of tobacco-related addictive and harmful substances, and is therefore not without risk, particularly among children and youths," St. Helen concluded.

More information

The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has more about hookahs.

Copyright © 2014 HealthDay. All rights reserved.

*DISCLAIMER*: The information contained in or provided through this site section is intended for general consumer understanding and education only and is not intended to be and is not a substitute for professional advice. Use of this site section and any information contained on or provided through this site section is at your own risk and any information contained on or provided through this site section is provided on an "as is" basis without any representations or warranties.
Powered by WorldNow

310 Broadway
Cape Girardeau, MO 63701

FCC Public File
publicfile@kfvs12.com
573-335-1212
EEO Report
Closed Captioning

All content © Copyright 2000 - 2014 Worldnow and KFVS12. All Rights Reserved.
For more information on this site, please read our Privacy Policy and Terms of Service.