Today’s topic – Water-pipe

Today’s topic – Water-pipe (water-pipe is a smoking device also known as nargila, argileh, hubble bubble, hookah, shisha and goza)

Water pipes employ an indirect heat source (such as lit charcoal) to slowly burn tobacco leaves, tinted with mint and fruity flavors,

while users draw smoke down through a water chamber and into their mouths (lungs) through hoses.

I am quite certain this will affect very few of you (I hope), but for general knowledge, it is something you should know too.

Originating from India, Africa and Middle Eastern region, it is now increasingly popular in many parts of the world, seemingly becoming

an “upgrade” to traditional smoking especially in high society events.

Water-pipe tobacco is not a safe alternative to cigarettes

The smoke from a water-pipe, like all smoking products, endangers the health of smokers and of others exposed to it.

Water-pipe smoke still contains high levels of toxic substances, even after it has been bubbled through water.  The myth that water

will filter off the smoke is absolutely wrong.

Since most water-pipe smoking sessions last longer than smoking a cigarette, water-pipe smokers can absorb a larger amount of toxins.

A water-pipe smoker may breathe in as much smoke during a typical one-hour session as a cigarette smoker would inhale from 100-200 cigarettes.

The wood cinders or charcoal used to burn waterpipe tobacco also increase health risks and add harmful substances to water-pipe smoke including

carbon monoxide, metals and cancer-causing chemicals.

Water-pipe non-tobacco products are not safe to smoke

The smoking of non-tobacco products in a waterpipe is not safe. While these products may not contain the nicotine found in tobacco, the smoke

contains highly toxic substances. The addition of fruit flavouring and sweeteners does not reduce the harmful effects of the smoke.

Many water-pipe smokers do not realise that all water-pipe smoke, whether from tobacco or non-tobacco products, is harmful to their health.

There are health risks associated with inhaling water-pipe smoke

Water-pipe smokers face the same health risks as cigarette smokers, including cancers, heart disease, lung disease and problems in pregnancy such as low birth weight.

Infectious diseases can also be spread through sharing water-pipes. While some water-pipe cafés provide new pipe mouth pieces for each patron,

the hose is still shared and can transmit infection.  (American Cancer Society)