The charcoal used to heat tobacco in the hookah increases the health risks by producing high levels of carbon monoxide, metals, and cancer-causing chemicals.
Even after it has passed through water, the smoke produced by a hookah contains high levels of toxic compounds, including carbon monoxide, heavy metals, and cancer-causing chemicals.
Hookah tobacco and smoke contain numerous toxic substances known to cause lung, bladder, and oral cancers. Irritation from exposure to tobacco juices increases the risk of developing oral cancers.
The irritation by tobacco juice products is likely to be greater among hookah smokers than among pipe or cigar smokers because hookah smoking is typically practiced (with or without inhalation) more often and for longer periods of time.
Other Health Effects of Hookah Smoke Hookah tobacco and smoke contain numerous toxic substances known to cause clogged arteries and heart disease.
Infectious diseases may be transmitted by sharing a hookah. Babies born to women who smoked one or more water pipes a day during pregnancy have lower birth weights than babies born to nonsmokers and are at an increased risk for respiratory diseases.
Hookahs and Secondhand Smoke from hookahs poses a serious risk for nonsmokers, particularly because it contains smoke not only from the tobacco but also from the heat source (e.g., charcoal) used in the hookah.
Using a hookah to smoke tobacco poses a serious potential health hazard to smokers and others exposed to the smoke emitted.
Does it cause impotence like cigarettes? It can damage your lungs, making it painful to breathe. It can cause cancer of the mouth, lungs and bladder, or a heart attack.
Cigarette smoking causes impotence, wrinkling of the skin plus many other diseases. Scientists are just now starting to investigate all the harms that hookahs can cause.
What is Herpes?
Herpes simplex is a viral disease caused by both Herpes simplex virus type 1 (HSV-1) and type 2 (HSV-2). Infection with the herpes virus is categorized based on the site of infection.
Oral herpes (HSV-1) – are colloquially called ‘cold sores’ or ‘fever blisters’ infect the face and mouth. Oral herpes is the most common form of infection. Genital herpes (HSV-2) – known simply as ‘herpes’, is the second most common form of herpes.
According to research carried out by the World Health Organisation (WHO), the volume of smoke inhaled in an hour-long shisha session is estimated to be the equivalent of smoking between 100 and 200 cigarettes.
The estimated findings go on to show that, on average, a smoker will inhale half a litre of smoke per cigarette, while a shisha smoker can take in anything from just under a sixth of a litre to a litre of smoke per inhale.
A new University of Florida (UF) study shows that patrons leaving hookah cafés had carbon monoxide levels more than three times higher than patrons exiting traditional bars.
Carbon monoxide reduces the blood’s ability to carry oxygen to tissues, and long-term exposure has been linked to cardiovascular disease. The UF study results appeared in the March issue of the American Journal of Preventive Medicine.
Waterpipe tobacco smoking is generally considered as a public health threat and the American Lung Association has recently called it the ‘emerging deadly trend. In fact, waterpipe smoking has been suspected to be a risk factor for a number of tobacco-related diseases such as lung cancer, oesophageal cancers, cardiovascular disease and adverse pregnancy outcomes.
In addition, the waterpipe device may expose its user (via its non-tobacco components) to metals and cancer-causing chemicals. The potential association of waterpipe smoking with communicable diseases such as hepatitis C and tuberculosis (via its shared and repetitive use without proper sanitation) has also been investigated.
While one article reviewed the effects of waterpipe smoking on health outcomes, we have identified no published systematic review or meta-analysis of the topic. The objective of this study was therefore to systematically review the medical literature for the effects of waterpipe tobacco smoking on health outcomes.
Given its similarity to cigarette smoke, it is possible that many other diseases will be linked to hookah use. Sharing a hookah with others means you can get germs from other people. The bacteria that cause TB or the virus that causes herpes can be passed on to you by sharing a hookah.
Carbon Monoxide Poisoning
Carbon monoxide poisoning can be a deadly condition. It results from inhaling carbon monoxide gas (CO). CO is produced when gas, wood, charcoal, or other fuel is burned. It often builds up when fuel-burning heating and cooking devices are faulty or not properly vented.
A car engine can also produce CO, as can cigarette smoking. CO is odorless, tasteless, and colorless gas. People can inhale it without knowing. Once the gas is inhaled, it is easily absorbed through the lungs. Hemoglobin carries oxygen in the blood to the entire body. CO binds tightly with hemoglobin and takes the place of the oxygen. Tissue becomes starved for life-sustaining oxygen. Brain tissue is very much at risk.
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Building Awareness about Effects of Hookah
The effects of waterpipe tobacco smoking on health outcomes: a systematic review.
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
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