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Hookahs vs. Cigarettes

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The notion that smoking hookahs is as harmful to your body as cigarettes has little scientific data to substantiate the claim. The “experts” compare hookah and cigarette smoke using varying sets of data. One frequently posted evaluation compares the volume of inhaled smoke. One problem is that it uses a single cigarette versus an entire hour of smoking a hookah. Another is that hookah smokers do not smoke hookahs 20 times per day, while that rate of consumption is typical for cigarette smokers. Those who do smoke hookahs do it occasionally, not every day, and many don’t even inhale, or inhale very lightly. Who can say the same for cigarette smokers?

Hookahs are generally used in social settings by groups. Customers at Paymon’s Hookah Lounges come in, on average, a few times a month, and the hookahs last about 30 to 40 minutes before they burn out.

Nor does anything show that hookah smoke is equally as harmful as cigarette smoke, since the compounds and quantities are not published from a legitimate, scientifically controlled study.

The Mayo Clinic makes claims such as, “Hookah smoke poses dangers associated with secondhand smoke”, without citing studies. On its website, the Centers for Disease Control states that, “Hookah smoking is typically practiced in groups, with the same mouthpiece passed from person to person.” It is common knowledge that hookahs in public or private are used with plastic, single-use mouthpieces.

The CDC also says hookah smoke delivers the same addictive drug, nicotine (shown in bold lettering, even!), as found in cigarettes. However it fails to mention the quantity of nicotine in a hookah versus a cigarette. As the operator of the America’s first official hookah lounge, which opened 10 years ago, I have yet to see someone carrying around their hookah to get a fix.

On Cancer.org, it states, “Several types of cancer, including lung cancer, have been linked to hookah smoking.” Yet again, no scientifically controlled studies supporting this claim are cited

The International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health does cite a recent review in the Journal of the International Union of Tuberculosis and Lung Disease, that “it openly declares that hookah smoking might well be a ploy of the tobacco industry.” Apart from various misquotations, errors and underlying paranoia about Big Tobacco, it also presents a selection of studies with no comments on the fact that the participants were simultaneous or former smokers of cigarettes or other products.

So, what is the reason for these recent, unsubstantiated attacks on hookah smoking? Let’s look at some possible sources. Tobacco companies are always averse to competition, despite what some conspiracy-minded journals believe, and hold incredible political influence. Insurance companies support any information, no matter how flawed, that may lead to hikes in premiums. Intolerance or plain ignorance to Middle Eastern culture may also play a role.

There is a multitude of possible reasons explaining the smoke and mirrors being used against hookah smoking and the false comparisons of it to cigarette smoking. If this trickery continues, rest assured a movement will soon follow to stop hookahs as we know them.

I urge all hookah smokers to do the research and take a stand against the propaganda of those with hidden agendas. Let’s not let the government dictate our rights based on flawed and subjective information.

Jeff Ecker is Corporate General Manager of Paymon’s Hookah Lounges, Paymon’s Mediterranean Café’s and Paymon’s Mediterranean Bistro, the most highly awarded restaurants in Las Vegas, Nevada

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Guest kalutika

I voted no. That's based entirely on personal experience and nothing else.

Make sure to check out the blog for my full write up and my entire opinion.

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I've been smoking hookah for quite some time now (never cigarettes) and I have never ever felt anything resembling a physical craving for nicotine. Never. Not once.

However it is addictive in that it is a lot of fun to do and I enjoy having fun.

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I used to smoke cigarettes when I was around 12. [Long story]

But I didn't get addicted to them, so I'm not sure if that will prove my point or not. I only smoked them for about 6 months then quit.

Now, when I smoke hookah, I usually do it out of freedom. I think about it. Sometimes I decide against it.. But I never have a nicotine craving. Other times I do have flavor cravings.. But that's just because some of the flavors are amazing.

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Guest hookahkings6

My vote always smoking hookah only. In previous i regularly to smoke cigarettes.

outside links aren't allowed. Have a nice day

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HookahKings, dont use this forum for your marketing.

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Guest Treach

There's a world of difference between something being addictive and something being enjoyable. To that end I'd have to say there's no way hookah smoking is as "addictive" as cigarette smoking - however it is significantly more enjoyable.

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