Tell 'em a hookah-smoking caterpillar.
... has given you bleeding gums. It's hard to imagine that
Grace Slick or any other member of the long-ago disbanded '60s rock
group Jefferson Airplane changing her hallucinogenic ways for that
lyric. Given the drug scourge plaguing this country in the new
millennium, it is sort of sweet that periodontal researchers have
decided to try to stem its tide. They aim to dissuade others from the
use of at least inhaled drugs by targeting the water pipe as a
significant gum health threat--but only referring to its use for tobacco
smoking. The American Academy of Periodontology aims to scare kids
straight by telling them that smoking tobacco through hookahs will
undermine their periodontal health. If memory serves, however, water
pipes have other handy, illicit-inhalation uses (crack, crystal meth,
and heroin come to mind). What's the thinking here? Inhalers of
Nakhla Double Apple hookah tobacco still care about their oral hygiene,
but crack, meth, and horse smokers are sadly too wasted to floss?
Perhaps the more urgent message during the upcoming flu season should be
not to share any type of pipe, regardless of what smolders within.