Opinion

Letter to the editor: Hookah does not cause cancer

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  1. Samantha Haas says:

    Reputable sources that say hookah does cause cancer (yeah, we and the ACS did some research). I would encourage you to do yours. Even if you can find a study that says it’s safe, we found several reputable ones that say it’s not:

    1) The World Health Organization http://www.who.int/tobacco/global_interaction/tobreg/Waterpipe%20recommendation_Final.pdf
    2) The Center for Disease Controls
    http://www.cdc.gov/tobacco/data_statistics/fact_sheets/tobacco_industry/hookahs/
    3) The American Cancer Society
    http://www.cancer.org/Cancer/CancerCauses/TobaccoCancer/ChildandTeenTobaccoUse/child-and-teen-tobacco-use-other-types
    4) The Livestrong Campaign http://www.livestrong.com/article/16377-dangers-smoking-hookah/

    In case you like less reputable sources:
    1) E-how.com http://www.ehow.com/about_5092631_hookahs-bad.html
    2) “Cool Guy Muslim’s” blog http://mustaqeem.wordpress.com/2007/06/01/hookah-causes-way-more-than-cancer/

    Additionally, hookah may increase the risk of transmitting tuberculosis, viruses such as herpes or hepatitis, and other illnesses. Oh, in case you’re interested secondhand smoke from hookahs poses a serious risk for nonsmokers (or people sitting around and sharing), particularly because it contains smoke from the tobacco and smoke from the heat source (e.g., charcoal) used in the hookah.

    🙂 I’d think twice if it were me…