The debate on smoking cigarette or hookah is more harmful has been ongoing for a long time. Researchers have finally found the answer.
Researchers at the University of California, Los Angeles measured heart rate, blood pressure, arterial stiffness, blood nicotine and exhaled carbon monoxide levels in 48 healthy, young Hookah smokers before and after 30 minutes of smoking.
Smoking Hookah for 30 minutes resulted in the development of cardiovascular risk factors similar to that of cigarette smoking, thereby implying that smoking Hookah is more hazardous to one’s health.
The study is published in the American Journal of Cardiology.
“Our findings challenge the concept that fruit-flavored hookah tobacco smoking is a healthier tobacco alternative. It is not,” said Mary Rezk-Hanna, a lead researcher.
Studies reveled that hookah smoking is rising among college students.
“One of the major issues with hookah is the fact that the tobacco is flavored with fruit, candy and alcohol flavors, making hookah the most popular flavored tobacco product among this audience,” she added.