Hookah is spreading in the Arab world like wildfire, as many consider it a nice way to spend leisure time and entertainment, and a new study on the harms of shisha has revealed that it affects the body, even more than cigarette smoking.
What is shisha?
Smoking shisha involves burning wood, coal or charcoal to heat up specially prepared tobacco (shisha). Flavoured tobacco (commonly called ‘maassel’) is often used.
When the tobacco is heated up, it produces smoke. The smoke bubbles through a bowl of water or other liquid and into a long hose-like tube or pipe.
Smoke is inhaled through a mouthpiece fitted to the end of the pipe. Shisha smoking is popular in Southeast Asian, Middle Eastern, and North African communities, especially among young people. It’s becoming increasingly popular in the UK.
How does shisha increase my risk of heart and circulatory diseases?
Shisha usually contains cigarette tobacco. So like cigarettes, it contains nicotine, tar, carbon monoxide and heavy metals, such as arsenic and lead. As a result, shisha smokers can be at risk of the same kinds of diseases as cigarette smokers, such as heart and circulatory diseases, cancer, respiratory diseases and problems during pregnancy.
Even if you use tobacco-free shisha, you’re still at risk from the carbon monoxide and any toxins in the coal or charcoal used to burn the shisha.
Is shisha safer than cigarettes?
Smoking shisha is not safer than smoking cigarettes. Many people think that drawing tobacco smoke through water makes shisha less harmful than cigarettes, but that’s not true.
In a typical shisha session (about 1 hour), a shisha smoker can inhale the same amount of toxins as a cigarette smoker consuming over 100 cigarettes. Like cigarette smoking, these toxins put shisha smokers at risk of developing heart and circulatory diseases, cancers, nicotine addiction, and other health effects.
Second-hand smoke (also known as passive smoke) is when you breathe in someone else’s shisha smoke. Second-hand smoke from shisha pipes is dangerous because it contains harmful substances like carbon monoxide, toxic chemicals, and toxic particles. Even if you use tobacco-free shisha, the smoke still produces toxins in levels equal to or greater than smoke from tobacco-based shisha.
Shisha is addictive.
Shisha usually uses tobacco which has nicotine, and that’s what makes it addictive.
(also known as waterpipe tobacco, maassel, shisha, narghile, or argileh that comes in different flavors, such as apple, mint, cherry, chocolate, coconut, licorice, cappuccino, and watermelon. ) is a type of combustible tobacco that is smoked with a hookah (waterpipe).
Hookah (waterpipe) smoke exposes people to the addictive chemical nicotine and contains many of the same toxic chemicals that are in cigarette smoke.In fact, research shows that waterpipe smokers may absorb even more of the harmful chemicals found in cigarette smoke because smoking sessions are typically longer. A typical one-hour hookah session involves inhaling 100–200 times the volume of smoke from a single cigarette.
Hookah Smoke and Cancer.
The charcoal used to heat the tobacco can raise health risks by producing high levels of carbon monoxide, metals, and cancer-causing chemicals.
Even after it has passed through water, the smoke from a hookah has high levels of these toxic agents.Hookah tobacco and smoke contain several toxic agents known to cause lung, bladder, and oral cancers.
Tobacco juices from hookahs irritate the mouth and increase the risk of developing oral cancers.
Other Health Effects of Hookah Smoke.
▪️ Hookah tobacco and smoke contain many toxic agents that can cause clogged arteries and heart disease.
▪️ Babies born to people who smoked water pipes every day while pregnant weigh less at birth (at least 3½ ounces less) than babies born to those who do not smoke.
▪️ Babies born to people who use hookah are also at increased risk for respiratory diseases.People who smoke hookah may be at risk for some of the same diseases as cigarette smokers.
▪️ Lung cancer.
▪️ Stomach cancer.
▪️ Cancer of the esophagus.
▪️ Reduced lung function.
▪️ Decreased fertility.
▪️ Premature Aging of Facial Skin.
▪️ Skin Cancer.
▪️ Acne Inversa.
“Damage to hookah “, www.cdc.gov
“9 Ways Smoking Damages Your Skin”, www.verywellmind.com