Tuesday, December 8, 2009

Bongs aren't better

Posted By on Tue, Dec 8, 2009 at 3:23 PM

Sorry. I know that's the lie you smokers have been telling yourself for decades, but studies say whether you're smoking a ciggy, a pipe or a hooka, you're doing the same amount of damage to your lungs while inhaling more Co2.

If you thought that smoking tobacco through a waterpipe was safer than cigarettes, think again: Compared to cigarette smoking, a waterpipe -- also called a hookah or shisha -- delivers more deadly carbon monoxide and roughly the same amount of addictive nicotine, according to a new study.

"This study can be used to dispel the myth that waterpipe tobacco smoking is a less lethal way of smoking tobacco," co-author Dr. Thomas Eissenberg of the Virginia Commonwealth University in Richmond wrote in an email to Reuters Health.

"The take home message is clear," Eissenberg added. "If people are smoking tobacco in a waterpipe to avoid poisonous gasses like carbon monoxide and addictive chemicals like nicotine, they are making a big mistake."

Read the rest of this Reuters Health/ ABC article here.

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