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A significant percentage of college students continue to smoke tobacco products despite overwhelming evidence of the health hazards incurred.  Although many are sporadic smokers, or prefer to use tobacco products through hookah which studies indicate is even more hazardous), they are at risk for developing nicotine dependency and a life long smoking habit.

The prospective cohort study in Japan gives a clear number of years of life lost as a result of smoking.  If risk of COPD and cancer is not sufficient to dissuade young adults from using cigarettes, perhaps the likelihood of a 15% shorter life span will?

A Third of College Students Smoke

A Prospective Cohort Study on the Impact of Smoking on Mortality and Life Expectancy

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This article summary is worth sharing with college health providers and staff, as well as students.

Hookah smoking has been shown to actually be more hazardous than cigarette smoking, something most students are unaware of.

Hookah Smoking Increasingly Common

 

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