Hookah use on the rise among US teens
HOUSTON, TX – Teens are hooked on hookahs. Yeah, 1 in 5 high school seniors has toked on a hookah according to a study in Pediatrics.
“As long as it keeps them from smoking drugs then I think it’s for it,” according to high school senior, Tyree Davis.
But is it any better than smoking cigarettes?
“I don’t think it has any negative effects on you, I mean it’s not tobacco or anything, I don’t think,” said Asante Wiley, a high school student.
It actually is tobacco and what’s worse is one hookah session equals about 100 cigarettes. Smoking sheesha delivers higher amounts of tar, nicotine and carbon monoxide.
“Oh man I didn’t even know. You just educated me,” said Wiley.
Knowing the dangers of the hookah won’t necessarily stop kids from smoking it.
“It’s actually pretty fun, I’ve been there two or three times,” said high school student Alex Mitchell.
The FDA doesn’t regulate hookahs; but is working towards a proposed rule that will put the water pipes under their jurisdiction. As of right now in the Houston area there’s no age limit for smoking hookah, but that doesn’t mean it’s not dangerous.
“I think it’s just like the new trend that’s going around,” says Davis. “Everybody’s wanting to leach on it while they can. I don’t think it’s cool though.”