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
“To account for the fact that the beginning smoker will tolerate the unpleasantness we must invoke a psychosocial motive. Smoking a cigarette for the beginner is a symbolic act. The smoker is telling his world, 'This is the kind of person I am.' Surely there are variants of this theme, 'I am no longer my mother's child,' 'I am tough,' 'I am not a square.' Whatever the individual intent, the act of smoking remains a symbolic declaration of personal identity . . . As the force from the psychosocial symbolism subsides, the pharmacological effect takes over to sustain the habit . . . ”
Helmut Wakeham, Vice President of Research and Development, Philip Morris