Waterpipes: A new pastime for the young?

May 10, 2010

As fewer people puff on cigarettes, a new smoking trend may be gaining popularity among North American youth. A study published in the journal Pediatrics has found that almost one-quarter of young adults in Montreal had used waterpipes (also known as shishas or hookahs) in the past year.

"The popularity of waterpipes may be due in part to perceptions that they are safer than . However, waterpipe smoke contains , carbon monoxide, carcinogens and may contain greater amounts of tar and heavy metals than ," warns senior investigator Jennifer O'Loughlin, a professor at the University of Montreal Department Of Social and Preventive Medicine and a scientist at the University of Montreal Hospital Research Center.

As part of a longitudinal cohort investigation (NDIT Study), 871 youth aged 18 to 24 completed questionnaires on their smoking habits. The research team, which included scientists from the University of Montreal, the National Institute of Public Health of Quebec and McGill University, found that 23 percent of respondents had used a waterpipe within the last 12 months and that 5 percent had used waterpipes one or more times in the past month.

The study found waterpipes to be particularly popular among young, English-speaking males who lived on their own and had a higher household income. In addition, the research team found that waterpipe users were more likely to use other psychoactive substances such as cigarettes, marijuana, illicit drugs and alcohol.

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More information: The paper, "Waterpipe Smoking Among North American Youths," published in the journal Pediatrics, was authored by Erika Dugas, Daniel Cournoyer and Jennifer O'Loughlin of the University of Montreal and University of Montreal Hospital Research Center; Michčle Tremblay of the National Institute of Public Health of Quebec and Nancy C. P. Low of McGill University. www.pediatrics.aappublications.org

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LuckyBrandon
not rated yet May 10, 2010
yea...um...if they think they are using a bong or hookah for tobbacco, they are sadly mistaken....
Arkaleus
not rated yet May 10, 2010
Quick, somebody run home and tell mom! She'll need to call the Montreal SWAT teams to come Taser all those unhealthy smokers before they actually ENJOY it. It's a national emergency!

We should ban all inhaling and immediately conduct no-knock house to house searches for lighters, ashtrays, and all combustible vegetables. Offenders will be re-educated and de-carbonized until compliant with international standards.
dferrantino
not rated yet May 11, 2010
yea...um...if they think they are using a bong or hookah for tobbacco, they are sadly mistaken....

I have two hookahs in my apartment, neither of which have ever been used for anything but shisha.

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