A new trend among the college students, even the school going guys and girls and other young people ‘SMOKING A HOOKAH‘ is raising public health concerns. And the biggest myths of Hookah are ‘it is not as harmful as cigarette’ and ‘it does not contain nicotine’ but as stated myths. These both facts are not at all true.
Smoking hookah is a centuries old tradition of flavored smoking which cigarette can’t give, A Hookah is assumed to be less harmful and addictive than smoking cigarettes or other forms of tobacco but it’s just assumed and not true. Yet a number of studies says that hookah smoking may be just as addictive and perhaps even more harmful because of the way people smoke while using a water-pipe.
People say water at the bottom of Hookah reduces the harmful chemicals of the tobacco/nicotine but its just a myth or you can say its a rumor. Water has no properties of reducing the harmful chemicals.
It’s also found that females are fond of Hookah more and we see equal number of females smoking hookah in comparison with males as nowadays hookah has became a new ‘Style Statement’
Researchers have found that the hookah smokers inhale more smoke often and even for longer periods than the typical cigarette smokers. Scientists say that taking smoke for longer and in greater volume is the most injurious, a Hookah smoker inhales the smoke equivalent of 100 cigarettes or more during a single Hookah session.
The recent studies shows that the hookah smokers are inhaling high levels of toxins and carcinogens that may lead to heart disease, lung cancer, and respiratory disease. And even some nicotine is filtered through the water contained at the base of the pipe, scientists say that Hookah smokers are still exposed to enough nicotine to become addicted to it.
The only advantages of Smoking Hookah Doctor’s can find is :-
Reduces chances of oral cancer
Apart from this there may hardly be any advantage from Smoking Hookah.
And the list of Disadvantages of Hookah :-
Addiction of Nicotine
Underweight birth of baby (Pregnant women who are Hookah addict)
Infections (due to Hookah Pipes)
Increase of nicotine in Blood plasma & Saliva
And the other fact from which most of the hookah smokers are unaware is that, whenever they are smoking hookah most of the time people are in group and most of the times it’s situation that there is one pot of hookah and more than one people smoking with it which is again a harmful sign as everyone’s mouth is in contact with the same pipe which is likely to spread diseases. As Compared to a single unit of cigarette, hookah smoke contains higher levels of arsenic, lead, and nickel, 36 times more tar than cigarette, and 15 times more carbon monoxide than cigarettes.