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2 Your Health: Teens Turn to Hookahs; U.S. Citizen Tested for Ebola


A new report shows almost 1 in 5 teens have smoked tobacco on a pipe called a hookah.

Hookahs are used to smoke flavored tobacco from a water pipe.

Some have thought hookahs to be less harmful than cigarettes, but previous research has shown they expose users to carcinogens.

The new study published by the journal Pediatrics looked at 15,000 high school students and found 18 percent of them had smoked using hookahs in the past year.

The majority of the users teens were urban white males, and most of them came from affluent households.

Researchers say teens need more education about the dangers of hookah use.

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The ebola outbreak in West Africa is being called the worst ever, and now a U.S. citizen in Ghana is being tested for the disease.

The man got sick after visiting Guinea and Sierra Leone, two countries in the middle of the outbreak.

Ebola is highly contagious and causes fever, vomiting, bleeding and diarrhea.

It kills up to 90 percent of those it infects.

Almost 470 people in West Africa have died from the disease since February.

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