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HOOKAH! Cool or harmful?


Lucknow: Smoking hookah or water pipe is the new cool among the youngsters in present generation. Doctors have researched about the harmful effects of the water pipe and come to a conclusion, as many of us have a wrong perception of hookah stating less harmful.

A recent study conducted in Lucknow found that inhaling hookah smoke more than an hour is equals to 100 cigarettes. “The risk of cancer and other ailments increases,” said Prof Ramakant who was a former head of the surgery department at KGMU.

Hookah contains combustion products, carbon-monoxide, ultra-fine particles and other toxicants which can cause cancer. More studies are being conducted in this particular issue, like Prof. Elif Dagli of International Union against TB and Lung Disease.

(Manasa ks is an intern at

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