Re: Hookah worse than Cigarettes? I think not..
I'd think that with proper heat management hookah is probably less damaging in the long run.
The "scientific studies" use a machine to measure particulate matter in the smoke. Unfortunately, it's doubtful that these tests are being done on a proper hookah setup.
If someone came and tested the smoke out of a hookah that was properly heat managed and with shisha being cooked with natural coals, I might be inclined to believe the results.