Hookahs and Snus to Cigarettes

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By Staff Reports

(Victor Valley)– From the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, I’m Ira Dreyfuss with HHS HealthBeat.

A study indicates teens and young adults who start smoking with hookahs, or waterpipes, are more likely later to start smoking cigarettes and keep using them. Researcher Samir Soneji of Dartmouth College saw this in two years of data on hookah users who were 15 to 23 years old at the start. He says users of snus, which is a smokeless tobacco product, also were more likely to later use cigarettes:

“Both hookah and snus may very well serve as gateways to cigarettes. Hookah introduces youth to the practice of inhaling smoke. Both hookah and snus expose youth to nicotine.”

And he says hookahs and snus can lead to tobacco-related disease and death.

The study in the journal JAMA Pediatrics was supported by the National Institutes of Health.

Learn more at healthfinder.gov.

HHS HealthBeat is a production of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. I’m Ira Dreyfuss.

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