A growing number of cities have instituted smoking bans in public establishments around the country. Despite this ban on smoking, hookah bars are cropping up in urban areas like downtown cafes and near college campuses where young adults seem to be their targeted clientele.
A study from Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center indicates that the increasingly popular pastime is bad news for young adults because many of them believe that smoking tobacco from a hookah is safer than cigarette smoking. Most hookah cafes offer a wide variety of flavorings on their menu — everything from chocolate to bubble gum, mango to jasmine, and mint to rose petals. In addition to the sweet smell and taste, the smoke produced by a hookah is “smoother” than cigarette smoke because it is cooled by water before passing through a rubber hose to a mouthpiece, where it is inhaled.
Because of the pleasant aroma and taste, users may inhale more deeply over a longer period of time, which can result in hookah smokers actually inhaling a larger volume of tobacco smoke than cigarette smokers do. Another health concerns about hookah cafes is that the pipes used in these bars may not be properly cleaned, creating an environment conducive to the spread of infectious diseases. Hookah cafes create the perception that smoking at a café is a safe activity. It is not.