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Hookah Bar Workers Have Greater Health Risks

Hookah Bar Workers Have Greater Health Risks
April 17
09:36 2016

New research suggests that hookah bar workers may be putting themselves at risk from the secondhand smoke exposure.

The study looked at hookah bar workers who did not normally smoke. Researchers found that the levels of exhaled carbon monoxide in these individuals rose significantly after a shift at work. Two of the workers tested had levels greater than 90 parts per million, which is on the same level as heavy tobacco smokers.

Terry Gordon of New York University’s School of Medicine commented, “Hookah use is often exempt from clean indoor air laws that protect people from secondhand smoke. Ours is the first study that links poor hookah bar air quality to damaging effects in workers, and the results recommend closer monitoring of this industry to protect the public.”

Over 3,000 lung cancer and 46,000 heart disease deaths are a result of secondhand smoking each year in the United States.

Hookahs have risen in popularity over the years and especially with younger people. Many teenagers believe that hookahs are less dangerous than cigarettes, however that is far from true.

During the study, Gordon and his team collected air samples, blood pressures and heart rates along with specific markers of smoke exposure. The indoor air pollutants were found to vary based on the number of smokers present, and whether or not there was any ventilation in the rooms.

Heart rates and exhaled CO levels were found to increase in workers after a shift at a hookah bar, showing the hazards of working in such an environment, raising the question as to whether hookahs should be restricted in public spaces.

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