Hookah myth debunked: They don't filter out toxic chemicals

February 20, 2015 4:26 PM

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Hookah myth debunked: They don't filter out toxic chemicals

There's a common belief that smoking from a hookah is less harmful than smoking tobacco in other ways because the hookah's water-filled pipe filters out toxic chemicals. But a new study officially debunks this myth, showing that a large fraction of heavy metals in tobacco are still present in hookah smoke.

In the study, researchers at German Jordanian University in Jordan analyzed four tobacco samples purchased at local markets that represented the most popular brands and flavors in the country. They looked at the amount of heavy metals in the tobacco itself, as well as the amount of heavy metals that...

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