By AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION NEWS

Teen or young adult smoking hookah

Young adults are more prone to smoke cigarettes if they already engage in water-pipe tobacco smoking, known as hookah or shisha, according to a new report from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

Water-pipe tobacco smoking, commonly called hookah, can lead to an increased likelihood of cigarette smoking among individuals who didn’t claim to be cigarette smokers, according to a study from the University of Florida College of Medicine released by the CDC this week.

Researchers used data from the 2012–2013 National Adult Tobacco Survey.

Nearly half of the survey participants, ranging from 18-24 years old, said they smoke hookah either every day or some days and because of this felt more susceptible to cigarette smoking.

Of those who didn’t regularly smoke any kind of water-pipe tobacco, only 16 percent said they felt susceptible to cigarette smoking.

This study is the first to examine the relationship between current hookah smoking and the susceptibility to cigarette smoking in a nationally representative sample of young adults in the United States.

“Given the high prevalence of water-pipe smoking among young people in the United States, it is important to assess both its direct and indirect consequences,” researchers on the study said.