that will lead to “very significant”
pulmonary and cardiac damage, as
well as increase the risk of cancer.
Using a hookah can be addictive
and lead to smoking tobacco or
encouraging former smokers to light
up again. Even just being in a hookah
bar is bad for your health. Finegan’s
study also looked at the level of
microparticles floating around in the
air—tiny particles that bypass the
lung’s defence systems.
The Alberta government also cited
Finegan’s study last fall as it passed
legislation to ban hookahs in public
places such as bars and restaurants
over the next year.
“I think there is a sort of
nonchalance about shisha because of
the flavour and because it’s easy to do
and because it appears harmless,” says
Finegan. “But inhaling any smoke into
your lungs is not a benign thing to
— Jennifer Allford