While there have been declines in teen cigarette use, other forms of tobacco (hookah, e-cigarettes) are gaining in popularity among teens. According to the nationwide Monitoring the Future study, 21 percent of high school seniors smoked a water pipe device, commonly known as a hookah, sometime in the last year.
Teens often may not know that hookah smoking can be as dangerous as cigarettes.
Here are some common myths about hookah smoking:
Changing social norms takes time.
Just fifteen years ago, passengers on international flights could smoke, restaurants and bars were filled with smoke, office workers smoked at their desks, and our parks and beaches were littered with cigarette butts.
Now we can breath clean smoke-free air where we work and socialize–but necessarily where we live. If you live in a multi-unit/family building, near a smoker, you can be exposed to secondhand smoke.
New Yorkers are increasingly embracing smoke-free housing because all too often, when one person smokes, the whole building smokes.
Some Coalition staff at the celebration.
On June 18, 2014, Public Health Solutions celebrated progress in public health at its benefit, To Your Health 2014. Colleagues, friends, and stakeholders joined us at Guastavino’s, a perfect backdrop for an evening of celebration, community, and commitment.
The work of the Coalition, a program of Public Health Solutions, was highlighted during the event. This video shows the tremendous strides made in tobacco control and prevention.