The truth about smoking hookah

Fact: Youth who are first-time smokers are picking up a hookah pipe more often than a cigarette.

Fact: Hookah is not a safe way to smoke tobacco.

Fact: Herbal shisha is not healthier than tobacco shisha.

Fact: 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

References

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