Hookah or water pipe is the new 'in' thing among the youth, though the number of youth who smoke cigarettes is declining in Canada, found the study, published in Cancer Causes and Control."The idea that water pipes are somehow less harmful than cigarettes is a dangerous misperception," said study author Leia Minaker from the University of Waterloo, Canada.

The study found that almost one in four high school seniors try smoking hookah. It estimates that more than 78,200 youth are current water pipe users."While we can celebrate a continued slow decline in cigarette use across the country, water pipes are bucking the trend," said Minaker.Water pipes work by bubbling tobacco smoke through water, leading many users to believe that they carry less risk than cigarettes.

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