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Harm Reduct J. 2011 Aug 30;8:24. doi: 10.1186/1477-7517-8-24.

The changing trends in tobacco smoking for young Arab women; narghile, an old habit with a liberal attitude.

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Department of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery, Oral Medicine and Periodontics, Faculty of Dentistry, University of Jordan, Queen Rania Street, Amman, 11942, Jordan.


Narghile smoking by young females is becoming more acceptable than cigarettes in the conservative societies of Arab countries. Lack of social constraints on narghile smoking has resulted in an increased prevalence of narghile smoking among young Arab females and an earlier age of onset of this habit when compared to cigarette smoking.Documented health hazards of narghile smoking including pulmonary, cardiovascular and neoplastic ailments are consequently expected to affect this vulnerable sector of the population together with their offspring. In this commentary, we shed some light on the changing trend of tobacco use among young Arabic women as shown by an increasing number of studies investigating habits of tobacco use in young people.

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