Hookah smoking lounges are opening in some Jefferson County communities that have not yet strengthened their smoke free laws. Although state law prohibits the use of any form of tobacco, including hookah tobacco, for anyone under the age of 18, kids as young as 16-years old are encouraged to come in to some of these establishments, and are often enticed by the candy or fruit flavored tobacco and club-like atmosphere of these smoking lounges.
So, what exactly is “hookah”? A hookah is a water pipe used to smoke flavored tobacco. Many think that “smoking hookah” has no negative health effects. The truth might surprise some, especially parents who have allowed their children to participate in this new trend.
There are many things that you should know about smoking hookah tobacco. For more information on the facts, click here. If you are looking for ways to help your teen make informed decisions, contact JCPH at 303-275-7555 or visit, www.jeffco.us/heath.