You might be asking "What is the benzene stuff you speak of and why is it important?" To be quite frank, I'm no scientist and I don't really know what the heck it is. I do know it's found in cigarette smoke, and apparently hookah smoke. The CDC knows all about benzene though. They say "Benzene works by causing cells not to work correctly. For example, it can cause bone marrow not to produce enough red blood cells, which can lead to anemia. Also, it can damage the immune system by changing blood levels of antibodies and causing the loss of white blood cells." You can read more fun facts about benzene here. More interesting information from the World Health Organization (WHO) tells us that hookah smoke" is a source of benzene exposure and is, therefore, a risk factor for leukemia."
Hookah tobacco smoking is not only linked to increased risks for leukemia, but also for lung and oral cancers, coronary heart disease and pulmonary disease.
Not cool. Not glamorous.