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The Rising Popularity of Hookah Smoking

The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) reports that cigarette smoking in America has fallen in recent years. Many states have banned smoking in public venues and tolerance for smoking is ebbing. But at the same time the CDC reports that use of electronic cigarettes and hookah pipes have risen. The reason could be that users fail to realize these methods can be just as hazardous as cigarettes, or even more so.

Hookah smoking is increasingly popular among high school and college students. A 2012 Monitoring the Future survey found that 18.3 percent of high school seniors had used a hookah within the previous 12 months. Among college students, 22-40 percent say they’ve used a hookah during the last year. A survey of 105,000 college students conducted by the Nicotine and Tobacco Research Journal found that hookah was the most popular form of tobacco use right after cigarette smoking.

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