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Hookah pipes are associated with young people starting smoking, study finds

BMJ 2014; 349 doi: (Published 09 December 2014) Cite this as: BMJ 2014;349:g7546
  1. Jacqui Wise
  1. 1London

Hookah pipes and the smokeless tobacco product snus may serve as a gateway to cigarette smoking, researchers say.

A longitudinal analysis, published online by JAMA Pediatrics, found that smoking waterpipe tobacco from hookahs and using snus were associated with starting cigarette smoking among previously non-smoking teenagers and young adults.1

The research included 1596 young people aged 15 to 23, who completed a survey at the start of the study and again two years later. Two thirds …

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