The Truth About Smoking Hookah


  • Youth who are first-time smokers are picking up a hookah pipe more often than a cigarette.
  • Hookah is not a safe way to smoke tobacco.
  • Herbal shisha is not healthier than tobacco shisha.
  • Hookah, narghile, goza, hubble, bubble; whatever you call it, if you are smoking shisha, you are smoking.

Hookah with call-out boxes describing individual parts


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