Detecting Microbial Compounds in Waterpipe Smoke

September 19, 2014
Bethany Degg
The Column

Volume 10, Issue 17

Waterpipes have been used to smoke tobacco and other substances for more than four centuries, and are widely believed to be less harmful than cigarettes. In a new study published in the journal Science of the Total Environment, gas chromatography coupled to mass spectrometry (GC–MS–MS) was performed to show that waterpipe smoke can contain potentially harmful microbial compounds.