Smoking hookah can be addictive and harmful, though many dabblers may not realize the dangers, according to a new review.
"The cooled and sweetened flavor of hookah tobacco makes it more enticing to kids and they falsely believe it's less harmful," Tracey E. Barnett from the University of Florida in Gainesville told Reuters Health.
Barnett has studied the recent rise in teen hookah smoking. She was not involved in the new review, published in Respiratory Medicine.
"One-time use can lead to carbon monoxide poisoning or other diseases, including but not limited to tuberculosis, herpes, respiratory illnesses including the flu, and long-term use can lead to heart disease and many cancers," Barnett said.