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Hookah Tobacco

Hookah tobacco smoking is a disturbing trend in Oregon, particularly among young adults. Hookah lounges are popping up all over the state, especially around college campuses, making them more accessible to people ages 18-25. The hookah tobacco industry has established young adults as their targeted audience and market their products and advertising towards the younger crowd.  For example, hookah lounges offer a variety of candy and cocktail flavored tobacco, such as tutti-frutti, watermelon and tangerine dream. Hookah lounges also promote a relaxing social environment where young adults can go to hang out with groups of friends and smoke hookah for long periods of time.

Unfortunately, hookah tobacco smoke is portrayed as an inexpensive and safe alternative to smoking cigarettes. The truth is that hookah tobacco smoke contains nicotine and is as toxic as cigarette smoke. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, a typical hookah smoking session lasts about 1 hour and involves inhaling 100-200 times the volume of smoke inhaled from a single cigarette.

It is important that everyone understands how dangerous hookah tobacco smoke is and how it affects the body. Check out the American Lung Association in Oregon’s hookah fact sheet to learn more about this disturbing trend.

Ready to take action?  All smoke shops in Oregon, including hookah lounges, must be certified by the Oregon Health Authority, in order to comply with the Smokefree Workplace Law.  Complaints about possible violations of the Smokefree Workplace Law can be submitted by calling 1-866-621-6107 or by visiting: www.healthoregon.org/smokefree.

E-Cigarettes

American Lung Association's E-Cigarette Fact Sheet (Updated September 2013)