Carbon monoxide poisoning secondary to hookah smoking

J Am Osteopath Assoc. 2012 Oct;112(10):686-8.


Hookah smoking, at one time confined to North Africa, the eastern Mediterranean region, the Arabian peninsula, and Southeast Asia, has begun to spread throughout the world. As some practices of eastern and Arab cultures reach the United States, the number of people using hookah on an experimental or regular basis has increased. Carbon monoxide poisoning can be a common adverse effect, possibly undetected by physicians, in hookah smokers. The authors report a case of carbon monoxide poisoning secondary to smoking tobacco through a hookah.

Publication types

  • Case Reports

MeSH terms

  • Carbon Monoxide Poisoning / etiology*
  • Carbon Monoxide Poisoning / therapy
  • Humans
  • Male
  • Oxygen Inhalation Therapy
  • Risk Factors
  • Smoking / adverse effects*
  • Syncope / etiology*
  • Young Adult