Dangers of Hookah/Waterpipe Smoke

The smoking of hookahs presents public health hazards including second- and thirdhand smoke exposure and the transmission of infectious disease. Studies show that hookah smokers falsely believe that tobacco smoked in a hookah is less addictive and harmful than cigarette smoking. The tobacco products are frequently fruit flavored and therefore more appealing to children and young adults. Learn more in our Hookah section about the dangers of hookah smoking, and the hookah smoking rates for teens and young adults.

Last update: 8/26/11