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Nicotine increases your heart rate, tenses your muscles, and decreases the oxygen to your brain, despite a reputation for 'relieving stress.'
Source: TeenVogue.com, Tobacco Companies Target People Struggling With Mental Health, Helaina Hovitz. Jan 27, 2017
Sucking on a shared hookah mouthpiece can help spread herpes. Gives new meaning to the term "pass it around" huh?
Source: "Hookahs." CDC. 14 Sept. 2015. Web.
Pregnant women who smoke increase their risk of preterm delivery, low birth weight, and SIDS.
Source: "The Health Consequences of Smoking." CDC. Reproductive Effects. 3-86. Report.
Hookah smoke has been associated with oral, lung and bladder cancer, not to mention clogged arteries and heart disease.
Source: Cobb, Caroline, et al."Waterpipe Tobacco Smoking: An Emerging Health Crisis in the United States." American Journal of Health Behavior. 34(3). May-June 2010: 275–285. Web.
Radioactive Polonium-210 is found in cigarette smoke. Polonium-210 contributes to cancer.
Source: "Smoking and Tobacco Control." U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Public Health Service, National Institutes of Health, National Cancer Institute. Risks Associated with Smoking Cigarettes with Low Machine-Measured Yields of Tar and Nicotine. 19 Nov. 2001: 180.
People with serious mental illness are more likely to smoke, putting them at risk for smoking-related cancer, lung disease, and cardiovascular disease.
Source: American Psychological Association; Kirsten Weir ; Home // Monitor on Psychology // June 2013 Monitor on Psychology // Smoking and mental illness