Where is information for the parents who think cell phones and iPods are the only latest trends their children are involved with?
While you weren’t looking, hookah lounges were springing up. Hookahs — single or multi-stemmed water pipe instruments used for smoking — are being sold at flea markets, online, even at the mall and being shared (several people often smoking at the same time) by adults, youth and college students at parties and lounges.
Though hookahs have been around in some cultures for centuries, the process is new to many of the young people in Baltimore County and beyond.
There are currently several hookah lounges in the county.
The concern is that many people are under the opinion (myth) that smoking tobacco products through a hookah is not dangerous or addictive.
Hookah smokers actually ingest higher levels of carcinogens because of the length of smoking sessions, depth of inhalation and volume of smoke inhaled.
The practice of sharing mouthpieces around the table also puts smokers at risk of catching colds, flu and other ailments.
Let’s get talking, faxing, tweeting and texting about this. Many agencies are trying to get the facts out to the community.
The Center for Disease Control and Prevention, in a 1999-2005 report, states that the use of tobacco in any form is a major preventable cause of premature death and disease. Ask the American C