Some amazing facts behind Hookah Bars

f you are over thirty years old, you might not know what a Hookah bar is.   I know I didn’t.   I have seen ads for them, and there is an establishment on a local road that has a sign denoting that they have ‘hookah’, but I had no concrete knowledge of ‘hookah.’   Looking at the other things that the store sells (tattoos, lingerie, smokes) I figured it was not something that I was interested in.  (I know, everyone needs lingerie, but I don’t buy mine at a store that has neon pink signage that offers ‘smokes.’)


Anyway, in reading my local paper, I find out that a ‘hookah bar’ is a place where people go to smoke.  The smoke is considered less dangerous than cigarettes because the smoke is filtered through water.   I confess that I am at a loss as to how this is done, not being a smoker of any kind myself.  However, what concerned me is the fact that this type of smoking is not LESS dangerous, but is, in fact, MORE dangerous.

Apparently, “a typical hookah session can last up to an hour, with smokers typically taking long, deep breaths, the smoke inhaled can equal 100 cigarettes or more, according to a 2005 study by the World Health Organization.’

The study also found that the water in hookahs filters out less than 5% of the nicotine.  Moreover, Hookah smoke contains tar, heavy metals, and other cancer causing chemicals.  An additional hazard: The tobacco in hookahs is heated with charcoal, leading to dangerously high levels of carbon monoxide.

‘Teens and young adults are initiating tobacco use through these hookahs with the mistaken perception that the products are somehow safer or less harmful than cigarettes,’ said Paul Billings, a vice president of the American Lung Association.’  (Houston Chronicle, June 4, 2011)

Now that I have the scoop, I am not surprised that the word ‘hookah’ sounds like someone coughing up a hairball…

Until next time,











About Polly Heil-Mealey, ND, P.Sc., HHP, M.Ed., C.C.I.

Dr. Polly Heil-Mealey is the Past-President of the International Iridology Practitioners Association (IIPA), as well as an IIPA Certified Iridologist with a Master’s Degree in Education, and a Naturopathic degree. She has been involved in education and Biblical health care since 1994. Dr. Polly has been active in both television and radio, presenting community service programs covering various topics. An international traveler, she gives seminars on alternative health practices, incorporating iridology and Biblical nutritional counseling. Dr. Polly now uses her expert ability to communicate vital and useful information to help her clients build or restore their health. One of Dr. Polly’s greatest passions is to see her clients restore their health through natural therapies. Every success story confirms the need for education in holistic practices. Dr. Polly brings a high level of dedication and commitment to her clientele. She has touched the lives of many with her concern and selfless devotion. The verse “My people perish for lack of knowledge,” is a scripture that touches every level of society. As clients learn and understand holistic protocols, they are able to improve their health drastically by incorporating diet and lifestyle changes. Dr. Polly is married to Stephen Hale, and together they have eight children. Both are very active in their church and serve on various boards in their community. Dr. Polly is also the director of Women’s Ministries of her church. Dr. Polly and Stephen reside in Humble, Texas.
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3 Responses to Some amazing facts behind Hookah Bars

  1. Kristin Brænne says:

    Stay excellent! ★

  2. Pat says:

    Once again, you have taught me something new. I have never even heard of hookah, but it’s a well-known fact I live a sheltered life. LOL!! I LOVED the last line, ‘…the word ‘hookah’ sounds like someone coughing up a hairball.’ Made my day!

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