Icon of a hookah pipeThe top 10 facts about hookah


  1. Hookah is addictive – it contains nicotine.
  2. Hookah smoke has many of the same carcinogens as tobacco.
  3. Hookah use puts you at risk for 4 different cancers.
  4. The charcoal used produces carbon monoxide.
  5. Hookah smoke has higher levels of arsenic, nickel and iron than cigarette smoke.
  6. Using hookah can negatively impact your lung function.
  7. Sharing hookah mouthpieces can spread germs and infections.
  8. Smoking hookah during pregnancy can result in low birth weight in babies.
  9. Hookah originated some 500 years ago in what is now Turkey, India and Egypt.
  10. 1 in 5 high school seniors have used hookah in the past year.