Detecting Microbial Compounds in Waterpipe Smoke

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The Column

Column, The Column-09-18-2014, 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.