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A Comparative Study of Systemic Carcinogen Exposure in Waterpipe Smokers, Cigarette Smokers and NS.

Thursday, October 10, 2013  
Posted by: Natalia Gromov
Al Ali R, Rastam S, Ibrahim I, Bazzi A, Fayad S, Shihadeh AL, Zaatari GS, Maziak W. Tob Control. Published Online First 29 August 2013.

This study compared the levels of carcinogen exposure between waterpipe smokers (n=24), cigarette smokers (n=23), and non-smokers (n=28) by measuring first-morning urine samples from exclusive users of each type of tobacco. Results show that waterpipe smokers and cigarette smokers are both exposed to carcinogens at much higher levels than non-smokers. Daily waterpipe smokers were exposed to slightly lower levels of carcinogens than daily cigarette smokers, but the difference was not statistically significant. The authors conclude that these findings can support policy and regulatory efforts around waterpipe smoking, and can drive interventions aimed at increasing public awareness about the cancer risk associated with waterpipe smoking.

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