27 July 2005

Bongs, subtle insidious implements of slow terror

Remember back when you used to smoke marijuana? Remember using a bong, telling yourself that the water whatever liquid you used helped to clean the smoke, and was thus better for you? Well, it turns out that it's not true. Not only is the smoke still dangerous, but you run the risk of infection, including herpes, TB, and HIV (!?), from sharing the bong with others. And notice that the article is almost entirely about smoking tobacco in Middle Eastern water pipes, known as narghile, which the article says is rapidly becoming more common in the US and Europe. You can do your part to stop this terror — do what Middle Easterners do, and use your own mouthpiece rather than sharing with others.

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