Side effects of Hookah Smoking on Health: The practise of Hookah smoking or waterpipe smoking has been around for centuries! Hookah smoking is frequently mistaken as a healthier alternative to cigarette smoking, mainly due to the sweet smell and taste of hookah tobacco, and peer pressure that usually leads teenagers to hookah smoking.
Using a hookah exposes a person to tobacco smoke, which contains many harmful components, the water in the hookah does not filter out these components. Even if a person does not smoke directly from the hookah, they can still inhale smoke if they’re nearby to a person who is smoking hookah.
Smoking traditional cigarettes causes a range of serious health issues, but many people think alternatives of cigarettes such as Hookah (Waterpipe) or electronic cigarettes are less harmful. But, according to a new study conducted by researchers at the University of California Los Angeles (UCLA) dispel such beliefs!
HARMFUL TOXINS IN HOOKAH:
- Carbon Monoxide
- Polonium 210, a radioactive isotope
Some hookah tobacco products claim their products do not contain tar or other toxins, but that is misleading!
SIDE EFFECTS OF HOOKAH SMOKING:
In short term, hookah smoking or waterpipe smoking raises blood pressure and heart rate, which can increase the risk of heart attack and stroke. Whereas, In the long term, hookah smoking can contribute to a variety of cancers, heart and lung disease.
Hookah smokers are at risk for many of the similar illnesses as cigarette smokers, such as lung cancer, oral cancer, stomach cancer, and Esophageal cancer.
Hookah smokers typically smoke longer than cigarette smokers, take more puffs and inhale more deeply. They absorb more nicotine in higher concentrations as compared to cigarettes.
Smoking hookah or cigarettes decrease the amount of oxygen that reaches the skin which may lead you to premature skin ageing.
You may also increase the risk of respiratory infections if you share the hookah mouthpiece with others.
HOOKAH v/s CIGARETTES
A ordinary cigarette contains between 10 to 12 milligrams of nicotine, with about 1.1 to 1.8mg being absorbed by the smoker. The average nicotine content of 20 g Flavoured hookah ranges from 36 to 126 mg. Nicotine is an addictive drug, so smoking hookah can be as addictive as smoking cigarettes.
The average number of puffs taken per cigarette was 10, while 200 puffs are taken during an hour long hookah session. Hookah contains 36 times more tar than cigarettes, 15 times the carbon monoxide, and 70% more nicotine than one cigarette.
Cigarettes are 60% more addictive than hookah but Hookah is 60% more dangerous than cigarettes! 60 minutes of hookah smoking is equal to smoking 40-200 cigarettes. It exposes the person to 100-200x the amount of smoke inhaled from 1 cigarette