Campaign Against Hookah

Campaign Against HookahCampaign Against Hookah

The Health Ministry has developed several educational programs to raise students’ awareness about the harmful effects of smoking hookah (water pipe), said Ali Akbar Sayyari, deputy minister of health, at a meeting of medical universities on the status of tobacco and hookah smoking in the country. “Studies indicate that 51.2% of Tehrani students have smoked hookah at some point; also 31% have tried cigarettes,” IRNA quoted him as saying. According to figures, hookah smoking showed a downward trend till the year 2007. But in 2009, a survey on smoking suggested it had increased and hookah smoking had doubled in 13-16 year olds.