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Elevated toxicant yields with narghile waterpipes smoked using a plastic hose.
MedLine Citation:
PMID:  18207299     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
The effect of hose permeability on toxicant yields for the narghile waterpipe is investigated, with special reference to the recent adoption of plastic as a hose construction material. Measurements of air infiltration rates for 23 leather and plastic hoses representing 11 types commonly available in Beirut, Lebanon were made, revealing that while leather hoses allowed significant outside air infiltration during a puff constituting up to 31% of the puff volume, plastic hoses were found to be air-tight, indicating that the smoke reaching the waterpipe user can be considerably more concentrated when delivered via a plastic hose. Total particulate matter (TPM), nicotine and carbon monoxide (CO) yields were compared when a waterpipe was machine smoked using a highly permeable leather and an air-tight plastic hose. It was found that the plastic hose resulted in similar yields of nicotine, but more than double the CO yielded with the highly permeable leather hose. Thus, even if narghile smokers titrate for nicotine intake, the use of a plastic hose will likely greatly increase the exposure to CO, a major causative agent in cardiovascular disease.
Rawad Saleh; Alan Shihadeh
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Journal Article; Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't     Date:  2007-12-15
Journal Detail:
Title:  Food and chemical toxicology : an international journal published for the British Industrial Biological Research Association     Volume:  46     ISSN:  0278-6915     ISO Abbreviation:  Food Chem. Toxicol.     Publication Date:  2008 May 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2008-03-24     Completed Date:  2008-06-05     Revised Date:  -    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  8207483     Medline TA:  Food Chem Toxicol     Country:  England    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  1461-6     Citation Subset:  IM    
Aerosol Research Laboratory, Department of Mechanical Engineering, American University of Beirut, Riad El Solh, Beirut, Lebanon.
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MeSH Terms
Carbon Monoxide / analysis
Data Interpretation, Statistical
Nicotine / analysis
Particulate Matter / analysis
Plastics / chemistry*,  toxicity*
Smoke / analysis*
Smoking / adverse effects*
Tobacco / chemistry*
Reg. No./Substance:
0/Particulate Matter; 0/Plastics; 0/Smoke; 54-11-5/Nicotine; 630-08-0/Carbon Monoxide

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