that will lead to “very significant”pulmonary and cardiac damage, aswell as increase the risk of cancer.
Using a hookah can be addictiveand lead to smoking tobacco orencouraging former smokers to lightup again. Even just being in a hookahbar is bad for your health. Finegan’sstudy also looked at the level ofmicroparticles floating around in theair—tiny particles that bypass thelung’s defence systems.
The Alberta government also citedFinegan’s study last fall as it passedlegislation to ban hookahs in publicplaces such as bars and restaurantsover the next year.
“I think there is a sort ofnonchalance about shisha because ofthe flavour and because it’s easy to doand because it appears harmless,” saysFinegan. “But inhaling any smoke intoyour lungs is not a benign thing todo.”
— Jennifer Allford