Hookahs are water pipes that are used to smoke specially made tobacco that comes in a variety of flavors, such as chocolate and cherry. The tobacco is indirectly heated with charcoal or wood embers. Hookah is also known as narghile, argileh, shisha, sheesha, goza, and hubbly-bubbly.
- Many hookah users think it is less harmful than smoking cigarettes. However, hookah smoking carries the same or similar health effects as smoking cigarettes and exposure to secondhand smoke: cancer, heart disease, respiratory disease, and infertility.
- Hookah smokers inhale as much smoke during a typical hookah session as a cigarette smoker would inhale by consuming 100-200 cigarettes.
- Infections, like tuberculosis, hepatitis, and meningitis, may be passed to others by sharing a hookah.
- The method used to burn the tobacco (charcoal wood cinders) also poses a health risk because carbon monoxide and heavy metals are released. This method increases the risk for carbon monoxide poisoning and fire.
When you are ready to quit hookah, call 1-800-QUIT-NOW or visit: www.nevadatobaccoquitline.com
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Smoking and Tobacco Use: Hookah Fact Sheet. Retrieved from the worldwide web on May 18, 2015.
U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. Smoked Tobacco Products. Retrieved from the worldwide web on May 18, 2015.