The hazards of hookah

Published: March, 2008

Why waterpipe smoking raises concerns about addiction and other health problems.

The nicknames sound exotic and even whimsical: hookah, shisha, boory, goza, nargile, arghile, hubble bubble. All are terms for the waterpipe, a centuries-old method of smoking that originated in Africa or Asia, but which has become popular in Europe and North America. The trend is raising concerns about its long-term health effects, including the potential for addiction.

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