Smoking shisha has become a trendy pursuit among young people today. Many young adults gather in shisha cafes and share the pipe between friends. To them, smoking shisha is a pleasant and relaxing experience and according to a recent study as many as 44% of them believe smoking shisha is less harmful compared to smoking cigarettes.
Shisha has some extra harmful risks:
Shisha smokers often inhale more smoke than cigarette smokers because of the length of time a shisha session lasts. One session can last up to an hour during which shisha smokers will inhale a large amount of tobacco smoke as well as the second-hand smoke of others.
Shisha tobacco smoke can contain;
up to 36 times more carcinogenic tar than cigarette smoke
up to 15 times more carbon monoxide
higher levels of lead, nickel and arsenic
hydrogen cyanide and a whole bunch of potent carcinogens
nicotine, a chemical that causes an addictive effect
Shisha contains tobacco
Tobacco is linked to the same serious and life-threatening illnesses as cigarettes, such as cancers, heart disease, lung disease and many more.
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.
Since smoking shisha involves smoking for a longer period of time, inhaling higher levels of toxins deeper into the lungs and also sharing the waterpipe, there can be little doubt that smoking shisha is not just as dangerous as smoking cigarettes but even worse.