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The health insurance company DAK warns of health consequences from hookah smoking.

(31.05.2010) Instead of cigarettes, many young people and adults smoke shisha (hookah) in a suitable oriental atmosphere. In the course of today's World No Tobacco Day, the health insurance company DAK warned of the health consequences of hookah smoking. Because the smoke of a hookah absorbs more pollutants than a cigarette without a filter. The DAK head of state in Saarland, Michael Hübner, explained: "Many underestimate the addictive potential and the amount of pollutants. More toxins are absorbed through the smoke of the water pipe than through filterless cigarettes". The dangerous thing about hookah smoking is that the smoke is inhaled much longer and more intensively than with cigarettes. The DAK chief warned that burning tobacco creates extremely toxic substances. "All organs that come into contact with tobacco smoke are particularly at risk of cancer," says Hübner. In addition, the nicotine content in the blood when smoking a water pipe is much higher than when smoking cigarettes.

According to the Federal Statistical Office, around 40 percent of young people between the ages of 12 and 17 have already smoked water pipes. Every 8th teenager even smokes shisha regularly. The shisha is mostly used to smoke tobacco with fruit flavors or similar flavors. According to the Federal Institute for Risk Assessment, pollutants such as arsenic, chromium and nickel have been detected in shisha smoke, which can lead to lung cancer, bladder cancer and tumors on the lips. Shisha smoking is by no means better than cigarette consumption. (sb)

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