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Research On Hookah Smoking Points To Serious Health Risks

A common misconception among the American public is that smoking tobacco from hookahs, or waterpipes, is less harmful than smoking cigarettes. In reality, smoking a hookah can be the equivalent of smoking 100 cigarettes.  

The ADA hopes to combat this misconception by increasing public awareness surrounding a study published last month in The Journal of the American Dental Association (JADA). The study suggests that hookah smoking is associated with gum diseases, dry socket, oral cancer and esophageal cancer, among other serious oral conditions. 

The WSDA is committed to promoting and improving oral health in our communities, so we ask our members to help spread awareness about this important public health issue. If you would like to help get the word out about the dangers of hookah smoking, you can share information and materials from this ADA news release with your patients and the public. 

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