Hookah use rises among teens in U.S., study suggests

07/08/2014 // West Palm Beach, Florida, US // JusticeNewsFlash // Justice News Flash // (press release)

U.S. – Hookah use among teens has significantly increased, according to a new study. As reported by the Chicago Tribune, the study recently published in “Pediatrics” online found the yearly incidence of Hookah use among high schoolers in a national survey was 18 percent.

Researchers also found that among the groups of students who were most likely to use Hookah were those who had never used illicit substances or alcohol, students who had never smoked marijuana, and those who smoked cigarettes.

Joseph Palamar, the lead author of the study who is an assistant professor of population health at New York University, is quoted in the report as stating of the perception of Hookah, “Hookah use is not less harmful or addictive than cigarettes…There is a common misperception that the water in hookah filters out the bad things, like nicotine … but that simply isn’t true.”

The study, “Hookah Use Among U.S. High School Seniors, will also appear in the August issue of “Pediatrics.”

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