A tiktoker, is warning her followers after a few of her friends contracted herpes after smoking Hookah at a nightclub.
She claims she was supposed to hang out with her friends that night but opted out because she had to work.
Her friends are in Atlanta and they went club hopping after doing Hookah with strangers at the club.
The women in her group chat started sending pictures of breakouts on their lips and after comparing notes they decided to get themselves checked out at the doctor.
Once one girl was diagnosed with herpes they realized they they all contracted the same thing.
On Twitter people agreed that clubs should provide brand new Hookah hoses to everyone.
Every club should give brand new hookah hoses to each person but many don’t…the herpes from hookah story is scary but shows how easily stuff can happen???
— Doop? (@morgannflowers) June 1, 2023
How to safely practice hookah
1. Share individual mouthpieces: Instead of using a communal mouthpiece, it’s best to have separate mouthpieces for each person. This practice minimizes the risk of transmitting infectious diseases.
2. Limit session duration: Prolonged hookah sessions increase exposure to smoke and potential health risks. Keep your sessions to a reasonable duration, ideally around 45 minutes to an hour.
3. Use high-quality hookah products: Purchase your hookah equipment, including the bowl, hose, and tobacco, from reputable sources. This ensures that you’re using products designed for safe and enjoyable hookah sessions.
4. Clean and maintain your hookah: Regularly clean and maintain your hookah to prevent the buildup of harmful residues. Use warm water, mild soap, and a brush to clean the hookah components thoroughly after each use.
5. Consider alternatives: If you want to enjoy the social aspect of hookah without the risks associated with smoking, consider non-tobacco alternatives such as herbal shisha or electronic hookah devices. These products eliminate or significantly reduce exposure to nicotine and harmful chemicals.