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A Hookah Habit

Everybody knows that smoking cigarettes is really bad for you, so instead some young people have turned to smoking Hookah. Fox 12 Oregon reports that Hookah is a type of tobacco that comes in fun flavors, such as Mango Tango and Skittles. Many teens believe that this flavored tobacco has little or no nicotine in it, there for it is not addictive. Wrong, it does contain nicotine and is addictive. In fact the World Heath Organization reports that a typical Hookah session equals the amount of smoke in 100 cigarettes.

The majority of Hookah smokers are young teenage girls. Hookah is being marketed to young girls by using appealing flavors. One young lady stated that she smokes Hookah because it tastes good. No matter what you call it, it is still smoking and still unhealthy.

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Don’t Dip

Teen smoking prevention is important, and countless people give their time to this worthy cause. What tends to go unnoticed, however, is another form of teen tobacco use that is equally as dangerous: chewing tobacco.  According to kidshealth.org, about 20% of high school guys and 2% of high school girls actually use smokeless tobacco.

Besides the damage caused by the typical chemicals found in tobacco, other effects are:

  • cracking and bleeding lips and gums
  • receding gums, which can eventually make your teeth fall out
  • increased heart rate, high blood pressure, and irregular heartbeats, all leading to a greater risk of heart attacks and brain damage (from a stroke)
  • cancer
  • It is also harder to catch. A teen that smokes has to be out of view of authorities and then cover up the smell after smoking. A teen that chews can do so right in front of everyone, even while at school, without getting caught, as one teen’s account shows. 

    While this may seem like a good alternative to smoking, it is just as dangerous and even more disgusting. There is no such thing as safe tobacco no matter how it might be consumed.