Hookah tobacco smoking among Oregon teenagers is on the rise. The increase is in part due to the proliferation of hookah lounges, which may be targeting youth with candy- and cocktail-flavored tobacco, party atmospheres and online marketing.
Hookah tobacco is addictive, contains nicotine and can cause lung cancer, heart disease and other complications, just like cigarettes. Hookah pipes produce much more smoke than cigarettes, posing a health hazard to smokers and lounge employees alike.
For more Oregon information, visit http://www.smokefreeoregon.com/policy/close-loopholes-that-target-youth and http://public.health.oregon.gov/preventionwellness/tobaccoprevention/pages/whatsnew.aspx.
To read information from the CDC, visit http://www.cdc.gov/tobacco/data_statistics/fact_sheets/tobacco_industry/hookahs/.
For complete statistics on Oregon tobacco use and effects, go to http://public.health.oregon.gov/PreventionWellness/TobaccoPrevention/Documents/facts09.pdf.
Complaints about possible violations of the Smokefree Workplace Law can be submitted by calling 1-866-621-6107 or by going to www.healthoregon.org/smokefree.
What Were They
“We must attack the anti-smoking groups and zealots more confidently than we have in the past. If we can cool their zeal just a bit, not only might smoking as a subject become less of an issue, but also smokers might begin to feel less embattled... Here perhaps we could commission a book on the 'anti-industry industry" and show that our attackers actually make money out of their activities, a situation quite at variance with their image today. Possibly, too, we can discredit our critics..... If we dig around, we will certainly find anomalies which we can exploit. ”
Smoking and Health Initiatives, Philip Morris