I squeezed my husband’s arm and curtly nodded my head toward a group of teenagers in the corner of my neighbor’s backyard. “Is that a bong?” We had just walked into a neighbor’s graduation party and there were a group of kids sitting around a rather fancy looking bong. “It’s a Hookah,” he calmly stated.
A Hookah – what the heck is a Hookah? Apparently, as I learned, a Hookah is a water pipe used to smoke a special type of tobacco, even flavored tobacco. It can be a single pipe for one user, or multi- stemmed where several people can smoke together. The tobacco in a Hookah pipe is just as dangerous as the tobacco in cigarettes. From what I have read, Hookah smoking is becoming more and more popular, especially with college-aged kids and teenagers. Many cities even have Hookah bars.
So help me out here, after all the work we’ve done to discourage kids from smoking, why in the world are we allowing Hookah pipes at graduation parties?