is really bad? is it worse then cigarettes?
A session of smoking that lasts for at least 45 minutes has a slightly high tar equivalence than smoking a pack of cigs.
Like ploomroom1 said, hookah is heated through the use of coal. So the amount of CO2 you ingest is based on the type of coal used and the temperature at which the hookah is being heated.
Other than that and a bucnh of inconclusive studies, we can't really be sure if smoking hookah is better or worse than cigs.
Actually - one does not technically SMOKE a hookah - it is indirect heat from the coals... which could also be categorized as a (albeit crude) Vaporizer. What you see is not smoke - it's vapor from the propylene glycol. Vaporizing tobacco greatly reduces the intake of carcinogens as well as all other dangerious elements. Using coal to do this is not a very healthy way - as the trade off is CO2 from the coal.
Dear angelfacecutie99, Yes, Canada used to have hookah places but most were closed because of health concerns. There is no filter thus you are breathing in a much purer form of the substance you are smoking. There is an increase of mouth and throat cancers with those who smoke with a hookah. Sue...good luck