Cigs Are Down, Hookah Use Is Up - KALB-TV News Channel 5 & CBS 2

Cigs Are Down, Hookah Use Is Up

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(NBC) The number of teens who smoke cigarettes has dropped significantly over the past decade, but a new study reveals more and more adolescents are using alternative tobacco products, like a hookah.

The nationwide survey of high school seniors found one in five used a  hookah, or water pipes, at least once over the past year. Hookah users were more likely to have a higher socioeconomic status and live in big cities, which  is much different than most cigarette users.

Researchers say the growing popularity of this ancient form of smoking is alarming because despite what many believe, hookahs may be more damaging to health than cigarettes.

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