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Will hookah smoking lead to nicotine addiction?

Diana Meeks
Diana Meeks on behalf of Sigma Nursing
Family Practitioner

Hookah smoking - which involves specially-designed tobacco to be smoked with water, a chamber, bowl, pipe, and hose - can lead to nicotine addiction just as regular cigarette smoking does. In fact, hookah smoking exposes the smoker and anyone else in the room to higher levels of smoke and carbon monoxide than cigarettes with the same levels of tobacco. Hookah smoking does not help to break nicotine addiction. Additionally, hookah bars may not clean the hookahs thoroughly, which can lead to the spread of disease.

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