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Kids Hooked on Hookah: Flavored smoking hides the dangers of nicotine

A couple of  years ago, I was walking down to a bookstore in West Hollywood when I noticed a group of young men at Pi on Sunset smoking a rather large, exotic looking pipe. All too quickly, I learned that it was a hookah, a water pipe used for tobacco.

It seems hookah is all the rage these days with the young and experimental.

More than 20 percent of high school seniors have tried it, according to a national study.

“Students of higher socioeconomic status seem to be more likely to try it,” Joseph Palamar, a New York University professor who analyzed the data from the study, said in an interview with LifeZette.