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Health Implications of Shisha smoking

Shisha smoking- first or second hand is one major habit among our young people these days especially among the party/club/lounges lovers- call it youthful exuberance and you might not be totally wrong.

Shisha smoking also known as hookah, hubble bubble or waterpipe smoking is a way of smoking tobacco, mixed sometimes with fruit or molasses sugar, through a bowl and hose or tube.

The tube ends in a mouthpiece where the smoker inhales the smoke from the substances being burnt into their lungs.

When you smoke shisha, you and anyone sitting near you are breathing in smoke which releases toxins including carbon monoxide and other heavy metals which reduces one’ body’s ability to carry oxygen around in your blood.

Shisha tobacco contains cigarette tobacco and just like cigarettes it contains nicotine, carbon monoxide, tar and heavy metals, such as arsenic and lead.

These harmful components makes shisha smokers are at risk of the same kinds of diseases as cigarette smokers, such as heart disease, cancer, respiratory disease and problems during pregnancy.

It’s difficult to say exactly how much smoke or toxic substances you’re exposed to in a typical shisha session.

People smoke shisha for a longer periods of time than they smoke a cigarette, and in one puff of shisha you inhale the same amount of smoke as you will get from a smoking a whole cigarette.

The average shisha-smoking session lasts up to sixty minutes and research shows that in this time you can inhale the same amount of smoke as from over 100 cigarettes.

Unlike the notion held by a lot of people, Shisha smoking is addictive and shisha smokers are still exposed to enough nicotine to cause an addiction.

Shisha, whether herbal or not usually contains tobacco. Fruit or herbal flavours do not mean the product is healthy.

Also using tobacco-free shisha, one is still at risk from the carbon monoxide and any toxins in the coal or charcoal used to burn the shisha.

Second hand smoke is also a worry. If one is smoking with other people or in a public place and the shisha includes cigarette tobacco, it is most likely others will breathe in their second hand smoke too.

Remember, whether you are smoking Cigarette or Shisha, Smoking remains one of the major causes of death in the world.


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