Thursday, July 7, 2022 • Nef Rivera : Contact
From left: Ziad Ben Taleb, Danny Dabroy and Farzana Yasmin
A team of researchers from the University of Texas at Arlington has launched a unique study into the health effects of hookah use.
Led by Ziad Ben Taleb, assistant professor of public health at the College of Nursing and Health Innovation and director of UTA’s Nicotine and Tobacco Research Laboratory (NTRL), the team will study how the shape of a hookah device — known as a hookah — also looks known in – Affects user’s health. This is an area of research that is largely unemployed, according to Ben Taleb.
Danny Dabroy demonstrates equipment used in hookah research.
“Unlike cigarettes, there’s not a lot of research on hookah use,” he said. “For the Food and Drug Administration to regulate this, evidence needs to be gathered on health effects, behavior, addiction and toxic risks, and the link between smoking and hookah.”
Ben Taleb’s study will be two-pronged. First, it will focus on the idea that hookah use is less harmful than tobacco products – a misconception it says stems from users’ belief that smoke filters through water. Second, it will cover the marketing aspect.
“Retailers try to market small beginner hookah products as best they can to make them seem like a perfect ‘starter size’ to otherwise hookah or hookah naïve people. That was the rationale for doing this study,” said Ben Taleb. “I want to know how different hookah sizes affect health.”
During a two-year study funded by a grant from the National Institute on Drug Abuse, participants who identify as regular hookah users will visit the NTRL three times. For each, they used a specific sized hookah, either small, medium or large, with Ben Taleb and his team taking several measurements before and after use, including carbon monoxide levels and the level of nicotine in the user’s body. Is.
Ben Taleb will also use a device developed by the American University of Beirut which, when integrated into the water pipe, can measure real-time statistics such as the number of puffs, total number of breaths and the time between each puff. Brake.
Danny Dabroy helps with the research. He is a graduate of the UTA Bachelor of Science program in Public Health and is currently a student of the UTA Master of Public Health. As a former smoker, he was immediately interested in the lab and hopes the study will help develop healthier habits.
“At the end of our research session, we usually give participants a booklet with facts about smoking and quitting,” Dabroy said. “Ultimately, we want to change behavior, so we collect data.”
Ben Taleb said he hopes this research will help people decide if hookah use is right for them.
“If these results are published, it will show the public that smoking hookahs can have an impact, regardless of size,” he said. “It will create greater awareness and correct misconceptions about it.”