You’re Not Invincible

You’re Not Invincible

Molly Graesser

           Imagine a game of “Mario”; you watch your lives tick away until you die completely. This is, hypothetically, what is happening to teens partaking in dangerous activities without knowing the damage it is causing. Hookah is the latest harmful activity children have indulged in; this issue needs to be addressed.

            A hookah is a single or multi-stemmed instrument for vaporizing and smoking flavored tobacco called shisha. There are multiple ways to smoke hookah: hookah pipes, hookah bowls, and hookah pens are among the wide variety.  Similar to cigarettes, hookah smoking delivers the addictive drug nicotine, and it is as toxic as cigarette smoking cigarettes, hookah smoking caries many of the same health risks as cigarettes.

            A typical one-hour hookah session involves inhaling 200 times the volume of smoke inhaled from a single cigarette, increasing health risks with high levels of carbon monoxide, heavy metals, tar and cancer-causing chemicals.  Though hookah smokers often mistake this practice to be less harmful, hookah smoking and cigarettes actually carry many of the same health risks including lung cancer and repertory disease.

            This is a problem people are unaware of; parents should talk to their kids and research this product. Teens should learn the facts and reevaluate what they are partaking in. So the next time you are being pressured into an activity foreign to you, get the facts! You’re not invincible, but a healthy lifestyle can leave your feeling like you are.