Is smoking Shisha safe? Think again!

Is shisha smoking safer than smoking cigarettes? Shisha smoking is not also safe as cigarette smoking. Smokers love and tend to smoke shisha because it often contains fruit pulp or honey and it has additional flavour added, such as coconut, fruit flavours, mint or coffee. Flavourings sweeten the taste and aroma of hookah tobacco, making it more appealing to people.

The charcoal used to heat tobacco in the hookah increases health risks by producing high levels of carbon monoxide, metals, and cancer-causing chemicals.

Irritation from exposure to tobacco juices increases the risks of developing oral cancers. The irritation by tobacco juice products is likely to be greater among shisha smokers than among pipe or cigar smokers because shisha smoking is typically practiced more often and used for a longer period of time.

Smokers who share mouthpiece on a hookah pipe have a risk catching contagious diseases from each other. The contagious diseases can be in a form of simple cold or even flu virus or it can be something more serious, such as herpes.

Many shisha smokers seem to think that the sweetened tobacco they smoke through water pipes is different than the regular tobacco found in cigarettes.  But in fact smoking shisha is more harmful and risky than smoking regular cigarettes. The session last about an hour, therefore a shisha smoker can inhale as much smoke as the equivalent to 100 stick or more cigarettes.

Shisha also known as hookah, Hubble bubble and narghile is not safer as smoking cigarettes. Shisha usually contains tobacco and therefore linked to the same serious and life-threatening illnesses as cigarettes, such as heart disease, cancer, respiratory disease, problems in pregnancy and fertility.

If you were thinking that smoking shisha is far safer than smoking cigarette, think again. Cigarette or shisha smoking is not safe for any of us, whether you are a smoker or a non smoker. Everyone has a right to choose whether they smoke or not. If you are a smoker you are putting your health at risk.

Quit now!

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