What’s in Cigarettes?  

There are over 4,000 chemicals found in cigarettes and over 50 of them are cancer-causing.

Cigarette Contents:

  • Acetone Cyanide
  • Aluminum Ammonia
  • DDT/ Dieldrin Ethanol
  • Formaldehyde Arsenic
  • Hydrogen Cyanide
  • Benzene Butane
  • Lead Cadmium
  • Methanol Nicotine
  • Carbon Monoxide Tar
  • Carbon Dioxide Chloroform
  • Vinyl Chloride 

What the continents of a cigarette can do to your body: -Tar:

A carcinogen (substance that causes cancer) -Nicotine:

Addictive and increases cholesterol levels in  your body

-Carbon Monoxide:

Reduces oxygen in the body

-Components of the gas and particulate phases cause chronic obstructive pulmonary disorder (COPD). 

Smoking Kills: 

In the United States,

 24.8 million Men

 21.1 million Women are smokers. Smoking kills around 443,000 people in the  US each year. 

-Of these deaths, about:

  • 42,800 are from smoking-related  cancers
  • 30,600 from cardiovascular disease  29,100 die slowly from emphysema and other chronic lung diseases.

Health Affects of Smoking Cigarettes  and Hookah:

  • Heart Disease
  • Lung Cancer

90% of lung cancer cases are due to smoking

  • Skin, esophagus, stomach, kidney,  cervix, pancreas, bladder cancer.
  • Loss of bone destiny and osteoporosis
  • Cancer of the lips, mouth, throat
  • Chronic Bronchitis
  • Asthma
  • Wrinkles
  • Stomach ulcers
  • Infertility/ Impotence
  • Leukemia

Hookah vs. Cigarettes Facts

Misconceptions and  Risks

What is Hookah?

-Hookah is an instrument used to smoke tobacco in which the smoke is cooled and filtered by passing through water.

-Originated in ancient Persia &  India (400 years ago)

-Also called Narghile, Hubble Bubble, Goza 

Fact vs. Fiction 

Myth #1: Hookah smoke is filtered through water thus making it cleaner.

Reality: Smoking tobacco through water doesn’t filter out cancer-causing carcinogens. It can still damage the heart and lungs as much as a normal cigarette can.

Myth #2: Inhaling hookah smoke does not burn the lungs.

Reality: The hookah smoke does not burn the lungs because it is cooled through water before

inhaled. Hookah smoke still contains carcinogens.

Myth #3: Smoking hookah is healthier  than smoking cigarettes:

Reality: Smoking hookah is just as dangerous as smoking cigarettes. 

Myth #4: Smoking hookah is not addictive.

Reality: Just like cigarettes,  hookah contains nicotine.

Water-Pipe Setup:

-Bowl: holds the coal and tobacco. -Ashtray: catch ashes falling off the coals.

-Hose: tube allows the smoke to be drawn for a distance, cooling down before inhalation.

-Water Jar/Base: cools and humidifies the smoke.

Hookah contains:


Carbon Monoxide

Heavy Metals


Cancer-Causing Chemicals (AKA Carcinogens)

-36x more tar

15x more carbon monoxide

70%more nicotine than ONE cigarette

**1 hour of hookah session can deliver 50 liters (which is about 13 gallons) of smoke whereas a single cigarette delivers only 0.5 liters of smoke.

Due to the mode of smoking-including frequency of puffing, depth of inhalation, and length of the smoking session—hookah smokers absorb higher concentrations of the toxins found in cigarette smoke.

Average Cigarette smoker takes 8-12 puffs; Average Hookah smoker takes 20-200 puffs

60 minutes of hookah is equal to smoking 40- 400 cigarettes.

1 hour of hookah exposes the smoker to 100-200x the amount of smoke inhaled from 1 cigarette.