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Getting hooked on hookah can cause health concerns


Smoking hookah is becoming a new social fad in Gainesville. But as Florida’s 89.1’s Lauren Buchwald reports, a recent study reveals hookah smoking is not a harmless alternative to cigarette smoking.

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