Friday, March 9, 2007
Studies show most hookah smokers think water-filtration eliminates harmful chemicals. But the Lung Association report says that's not the case. In fact, the report says hookah smoking carries many of the same health risks as cigarette smoking. The Lung Association's Debra Kelley admits more studies are needed. But she thinks the current evidence is strong.
Kelley : I don't think we need to wait for a body count for hookah. We know that the potential for deadly effects is there, we know that people are becoming addicted.
Kelley says hookah smokers often use a water pipe over a 45-minute period. She says during that time, users may inhale as much smoke as someone who lights up 100 cigarettes. Kenny Goldberg, KPBS News.