We've all at one point or another neglected to clean our glass as much as we should, and when that happens do you ever noticed that shiny film that develops on the surface of the water and parts of the glass. That shiny stuff is called biofilm.
According to LiveScience.Com, " Biofilms are a collective of one or more types of microorganisms that can grow on many different surfaces. Microorganisms that form biofilms include bacteria, fungi". Bacteria which can produce such things as:
- Escherichia coli (E. coli)
- Pseudomonas aeruginosa
- Black mold
to name a few...
Here you can see a piece of a study from the US National Institute of Health, which shows a 23 year old male smoker who has severe necrotizing pneumonia lungs and his pipe. Doesn't take a scientist to put that one together...
Well a company called MooseLabs had this same question and they answered it for all of us...
Which is Really Really Nasty!!!
The eye opening study they published is reminder of how fast bacteria levels can explode just from sharing a smoke with a couple friends!
After they collected their data on the bacteria level of the average bong or pipe they went around collecting samples in some really gross places. And unfortunately they found that the bongs were worse! But not a little worse, A LOT WORSE!
-In their study they noted that cleaning glass with 90% Isopropyl alcohol and being air dried gets bacteria counts below 10.