Hookah smoke increases benzene exposure, risk for leukemia – Medical News Today

In contrast to what is believed, hookah tobacco smoking is not a safe alternative to smoking other forms of tobacco

Tobacco use is the leading preventable cause of mortality worldwide and is responsible for the deaths of 6 million people annually. Hookah smoking – a form of tobacco use that employs a partially filled water jar – has come under scrutiny in a new study, which suggests hookah smokers and non-smokers exposed to the smoke have increased uptake of benzene, a substance linked to increased risk of leukemia.

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Hookah smoke increases benzene exposure, risk for leukemia – Medical News Today.

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