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Hookah Bar Employees At Risk For Secondhand Smoke Related Diseases


According to a new study published online in the BMJ journal Tobacco Control, people who work in Hookah bars are at risk for heart and lung disease from exposure to secondhand smoke.

U.S. News & World Report Health reports that researchers from the New York University (NYU) College of Global Public Health (CGPH) and Langone Medical Center in New York City stated that water pipes, like hookahs, are sometimes excluded from clean indoor-air laws.

The problem is that indoor-air laws are meant to protect people from secondhand smoke exposure and with these type of exclusions, workers in hookah bars can be left vulnerable when it comes to their health.

The study, according to U.S. News & World Report Health, demonstrated that air quality in hookah bars is poor and can lead to health problems in its workers. The study suggests that the hookah bar industry be closely monitored in the interest of public health and its employees.

According to the article the study tested 10 participants that worked in hookah bars. Each participant was tested after they finished their work for the day. The results revealed that the participants had high levels of carbon monoxide and nicotine in their systems. The participants also showed signs of lung and airway inflammation. The results in some of the participants were likened to results seen in heavy smokers.

secondhand smoke causes 35,000 heart disease deaths each year and contributes to 3,000 lung cancer deaths.

The study, “Secondhand hookah smoke: an occupational hazard for hookah bar employees” demonstrated that people employed in hookah bars are negatively impacted by secondhand smoke.

The researchers have called for better indoor air quality management and monitoring for the sake of hookah bar employees. U.S. News & World Report Health reported that secondhand smoke causes 35,000 heart disease deaths each year and contributes to 3,000 lung cancer deaths.

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