Shisha smoking involves smoking tobacco in a modified pipe via an elongated hose. Unlike cigarettes, shisha doesnt burn the throat and comes in many flavors such as apple, mint, cherry, chocolate, coconut, cappuccino, and many more. Some of the major draws to Shisha are it’s variety of flavors, the length of time it lasts and the social element.
It’s roots date back to over 600 years ago. In some areas, it’s referred to as hookah, narghile, waterpipe, or hubble-bubble smoking.
For Middle Easterners, shisha smoking isn’t about getting high – it’s a culture.
THE DANGERS OF SMOKING SHISHA
Many mistakenly believe that cigarettes are worse than shisha. They think, “since there is a fruit flavor in shisha, it can’t be that bad.” Additionally, they believe the water in the bowl absorbs most of the toxins. Unfortunately, all of these are myth and couldn’t be any further from the truth.
The tobacco (and water) in shisha doesn’t spare you from inhaling nicotine, tar, carbon monoxide, and other heavy metals. In fact it amplifies them to a greater level far exceeding that of cigarettes.
On average, a shisha session can last for anything up to an hour plus, which is the equivalent of smoking over 100 cigarettes!! Research says one puff of shisha is similar to smoking a whole cigarette. Now that is seriously Unhealthy!
In a session of shisha smoking, as much as 90,000ml of smoke is inhaled. That’s 90 liters!
The list of health hazards associated with smoking anything are extremely long, but the list associated with smoking shisha are eye-wateringly bad. Here are some of the most dangerous:
1. Greatly increased risk of heart disease
2. Greatly increased risk of several types of cancers
3. Respiratory issues
4. Birth defects
5. Weight gain