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While cigarette smoking has hit an all-time low, another form of tobacco use is rising in popularity – hookah smoking – and researchers are concerned there's a new epidemic brewing, especially among young adults.

Once seen as an exotic pastime and cultural phenomenon in the Middle East, hookah smoking spread to Europe and North America in recent years.

"When I started this research 20 years ago, I did not think that it would be a global problem," said Dr. Wasim Maziak [...] "Now, hookah has moved to the U.S. and it's one of the main tobacco products used by young Americans."