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Oral Cancer Caused by Smoking

Smoking shisha or cigarettes can affect the health of the mouth and throat. As well as the obvious effects, such as stains on the teeth and bad breath, smoking is the major cause of cancers in the mouth, throat, oesophagus, pharynx, larynx or voice box, tongue, lips and salivary glands.

As Doctor Chris Steele says, “mouth cancer is increasing, and as with most cancers, it’s more common in over 50 years old. It’s very important to spot mouth cancer early, primarily because if it’s caught early, we know that the treatments are very successful.”

More than 80% of mouth, nose and throat cancer occur in a people who smoke cigarettes or water pipes.  A total of 2,052 Australians died from mouth and throat cancer in 2003 and there are over 4,000 new cases of these cancers each year.

In fact, one member of The Beatles, George Harrison died because of throat cancer. It was said that George was a very heavy smoker and he smoked almost 3 packs of cigarettes per day but not only that, he also smoked shisha heavily, thus he acquired throat cancer.  Sources said he quit smoking in the early 1980’s but in late 1997, he started smoking again. Another thing to note, all of The Beatles band members’ are exposed to massive amounts of second hand smoke from exposure to bars in enclosed arenas where they perform.

Smoking shisha or cigarette can also lead to periodontal disease or so-called gum disease as well as increased tartar on teeth. This can also cause serious deterioration of soft tissues around the teeth, which can result in pain and tooth loss. Smoking can also delay the healing of injured tissues in the mouth, such as mouth ulcers.

In another part of the world, people in Saudi Arabia, where hookah smoking is widespread, were studied by Suzan Natto and her colleagues from the Karolinska Institute in Stockholm. From a total of 262 adults studied, there consist 31% of people who smoked water pipes exclusively, while 19 % smoked only cigarettes; another 20% used both smoking cigarette and shisha smoking and the rest were non-smokers.

They found out that about 20% of the participants had signs of gum disease, which is marked by inflammation and redness of the gums in its earlier stages which progressed to the destruction of bones and soft tissues supporting the teeth leading to possible teeth loss.

While only 8% of non-smokers had gum disease, 30% of water-pipe smokers and 24% of cigarette smokers were affected.

With all these facts all over the world, quitting from smoking immediately would significantly reduce your risk of oral cancer and greatly improve your dental health now.

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Major Diseases Caused by Shisha Smoking

lung cancerRecently, I read on a topic about diseases from smoking and as it goes, smoking shisha involves numerous major health risks. This is a known fact. We cannot ignore the effects of smoking from a shisha pipe.

Did you know that in the United States alone, nearly one in five deaths, or an estimated 440,000 deaths per year, can be attributed to smoking. Approximately, half of all Americans who continue to smoke die due to smoking-related complications. And smoking comes from various ways among which is smoking hookah.

According to the medical experts, a recent study states that a hookah pipe may act as a medium for transferring dangerous bacterium causing infectious diseases such as Hepatitis A. This places people who smoke shisha at a higher risk than just smoking regular cigarettes especially when the shisha pipe is used by multiple smokers.

Here are lists of major diseases caused by smoking shisha:


Smokers are more likely to get cancer than non-smokers. This is true that smoking can cause cancers such as lung cancer, throat cancer and mouth cancer. Ninety-percent of lung cancer-cases are due to smoking.

If no one smoked, lung cancer would be a rare diagnosis – only 0.5 % of people who have never touched a cigarette develop lung cancer.

“In a recent study, 88% of those people with cancer in India were at one-time shisha smokers.  The risk for lung cancer is significantly increased with shisha.  A study in paediatrics concluded that shisha is at least the same, if not worse for one’s health, cancer-wise, than cigarettes.  Professor Thomas Eissenberg of Virginia of Commonwealth University concluded through his studies on shisha that “every risk of cigarette smoking is also associated with water pipes.”

If one smokes, the risk of contracting mouth cancer is four times higher than a non-smoker. Cancer can start in many areas of the mouth; the most common are underneath the tongue and on the lips.


Emphysema is a progressive disease of the airways that is characterized by a gradual loss of lung function. This serious lung disease causes damage that cannot be cured or reversed although there are treatments that can lead to some improvement in lung function. The symptoms of emphysema are tightness of breath, weight loss, fatigue, difficulty of breathing and morning headache.

As a matter of fact, an American popular talk show host Johnny Carson died because of emphysema in January 2005.

Dr. Michael Busk, a pulmonologist at Indiana University School of Medicine says that if Johnny Carson saw him he would have to advice him to stop smoking and gave him some medicines, and he might still be alive today.

Each year, over 120,000 Americans die because of emphysema according to the American Lung Association. Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease is the fourth largest cause of mortality in the U.S.

Chronic Bronchitis

Chronic bronchitis is indicated as coughing with a lot of mucus that continues for at least three months. Smoking is the most common cause of chronic obstructive pulmonary disease and is responsible for 80% of cases. It is estimated that 90% out of twenty smokers have some emphysema when the lungs are examined after death, whereas more than 90% of non-smokers have little or none.

Cardiovascular disease

Cardiovascular disease is a serious threat to smokers notably for shisha smokers.  The carbon monoxide intake is dangerously high when smoking shisha because of the high effects of exposure to second-hand smoke.

Therefore, let us stay away from smoking shisha.  The risks outweigh the little that can be benefited from it.  Let us make a choice to stay away from smoking shisha for the sake of our health and the people around.

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The Dangers of Smoking Shisha

It is a well known fact that smoking is harmful to one’s health.  Even non-smokers are affected by the dangerous effects of second-hand smoke. You might have noticed that in major cities all over the world, shisha or hookah smoking bars are increasing in popularity with a lot of people today. Many adults, young and old, do not even consider hookah smoking to be as problematic as cigarette smoking; this is totally false. Smoking hookah bears with it the same health risks and problems that exist with smoking cigarettes.

Here are some of the dangers when you smoke shisha:

Contagious Diseases

A hookah pipe is usually smoked by several people who share one mouthpiece, opening one to the risk of contracting contagious oral diseases, such as herpes, hepatitis and tuberculosis.

Lung Cancer

Shisha smokers smoke for a longer period of time, because they inhale more smoke than cigarettes smokers. Shisha smokers are exposed to high levels of cancer-causing chemicals and toxins. Cancer of the lungs, bladder, mouth and other cancers may occur. The risk of mouth cancers are thought to be higher from shisha smoking than from other types of tobacco smoking due to the length and frequency of the smoking sessions.

Nicotine Addiction

Nicotine in shisha produces pleasant feelings and it is highly addictive. This addiction results in repeatedly ingesting nicotine into their system. Anxiety, irritability and impatience are symptoms of nicotine addiction; these symptoms may also result in a nervous breakdown.

Heart Disease

Smoking increases one’s risk of developing cardiovascular diseases, including coronary heart disease and stroke. The carbon monoxide in tobacco smoke reduces the amount of oxygen in your blood. This means your heart has to pump harder to supply the body with the oxygen it needs which may cause difficulty in breathing or shallowness of breath.

Oral Dangers

Smoking tobacco from a shisha pipe may result to various oral problems. A shisha smoker’s teeth may become stained; bad breath is also another effect of shisha smoking, as is with other forms of tobacco smoking. One of the most serious oral side effects of smoking is the oral cancer.

Now that you know the bad effects of smoking shisha it is up to you to quit from your habit. Avoid the health risks of shisha smoking.

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The Truth about Smoking Shisha

Some people say that smoking shisha is not as dangerous to health as cigarette smoking, but the truth is shisha smoke contains the same combination of nicotine, tar, carbon monoxide and other heavy metals that cigarette smoke contains. This means that all of the harmful effects associates in smoking cigarettes are also found in smoking shisha; these include lung cancer, heart disease, diabetes, and nicotine addiction among others. A typical one-hour long water pipe smoking session involves inhaling 100-200 times the volume of smoke inhaled with a single cigarette.

In fact smoking shisha harms others by producing second-hand smoke. Second-hand smoke from water pipes is a mixture of tobacco smoke in addition to smoke from the charcoal or fuel and therefore causes a serious risk to non-smokers. Passive inhalation of shisha smoke is associated with all the health effects linked to passive smoking and cigarettes. There’s no doubt that shisha smoking is a health risk. It is associated with the same fatal and life-threatening illnesses with cigarettes. Smoking shisha is as synonymous to having smoke directly injected into the inner areas of your lungs.

Shisha smoking rapidly increasing in the major cities. But unfortunately most people who use shisha are not aware of its harmful effects. Restaurant owners tell their customers that it is purely flavoured smoke.  Some people are unaware of the health effects of shisha, because of its sweeteners and flavourings; using a shisha pipe is just as harmful as smoking cigarettes, as it has tobacco in it.

Pregnant women should not even consider smoke shisha; but those who do smoke shisha are at a high risk of delivering premature babies – babies who would have breathing difficulties or at worse, might be delivered dead.

Now that you know these facts, you can make an informed decision.  If you are a shisha smoker, it is time for you to quit to this deadly practice. Quit shisha smoking and improve your personal health.

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