Is Smoking Shisha Really Worse Than Cigarettes?
Smoking Hookah has become a trend among the youth today. Many young adults gather in shisha cafes and share the pipe between friends.
They see smoking shisha as a pleasant and relaxing experience. Approximately 44% of them believe shisha is not as harmful as cigarettes.
However research has shown that smoking shisha is worse than smoking regular cigarettes.
■Why do young people think smoking shisha is safer?
Many people wrongly believe that bubbling tobacco smoke through water makes it safe. This misconception originated in the 15thcentury when a physician called Hakim Abu Faith wanted to make smoking shisha safer. He believed that if the tobacco smoke passed through a filter it would be safer, so he devised a small receptacle of water that smoke could pass through. However, modern research states that filtering tobacco smoke through cold water does not make it safer.
■ Disadvantages of Shisha
Shisha smokers inhale more smoke than cigarette smokers because an average shisha session lasts longer. One session can last up to an hour, causing smokers to inhale large amount of tobacco smoke as well as the second-hand smoke. The World Health Organization reported that the smoke inhaled in a typical one-hour hookah session can equal 100 cigarettes or more.
■ Shisha contains:
36 times more carcinogenic tar than cigarette smoke 15 times more carbon monoxidehigher levels of lead, nickel and arsenichydrogen cyanide and a whole bunch of potent carcinogensnicotine, a chemical that causes an addictive effect
If the shisha pipe is not properly cleaned, sharing it with others can increase the risk of contracting diseases, such as tuberculosis, hepatitis, meningitis and other infectious diseases.
-[The Guardian – Ngr]