When you have visited some ancient place or an old place like your grandparents house you must have seen them with the device called smoking HOOKAH If you had visited some ancient places specially on Mountain region you might have got the chance to see that smoking device. I saw that smoking device for the first time in Srinagar some 11 years ago. I was confused so I asked the owner of the house about the instrument.
But now a days the trend is changing that smoking device is getting way popular in almost every city among the youngsters. Now a days the scenario is like when you call your friend randomly he/or she would cut your call by saying that “I’m Enjoying in a Hookah Parlor call you back after sometime”. I’m sure you must have observed this changing trend and I guess some of you might be into it having a habit of visiting those parlor with your friends. New Hookah Parlor are opening everyday and are getting in famous in a very short period of time because of the Loyal customers like you which are habitual of visiting these parlors.
Next thing which I observed among these Shisha smokers,(Shisha is actually flavored tobacco which is used for smoking purpose in smoking HOOKAH ) is that they are way to much confident about their Hookah smoking habit as according to them smoking Hookah is way too safe for health. Whenever I would ask my friend whether he smokes or not he with full confidence would say “Brother I don’t smoke,” Then my next saying would be” yesterday you were enjoying Hookah in Hookah parlor and now you saying I don’t smoke”. Then he would be like” Brother they are flavored Hookah they are not harmful for health”.
With these types of answers I decided to carry out a random search on whether these HOOKAH are SAFER as compared to CIGARETTES SMOKING or not ? So this article will help to bring light upon my question and might be yours Whether Smoking Hookah is Safe or Not ?? I would provide you with facts about Smoking Cigarettes and Smoking Hookah then it would be completely yours decision whether they are safe or not ?? ..
Comparison between Smoking Cigarettes and Smoking Hookahs
- Cigarettes contain approx 10-12 mg of nicotine where as Hookah contain approx 0.5 mg of Nicotine. Yes hookah contain Nicotine you must be ordering a flavored Hookah always and thinking that it does not contain Nicotine.. But you are wrong the flavored Hookah have the similar type of Tobacco that is present in cigarettes its just that they are soaked in flavor molasses and hence popularly called as ” SHISHA “.
- A cigarette session last for approx 5 minute whereas the Hookah session last for 45 minutes. So in a normal Cigarette session a person consumes 10 mg of Nicotine where as a person in general Hookah session inhales about 500 mg of Nicotine. Nicotine is the main ingredient responsible for causing various LUNG DISEASES, CANCER, Birth defects, vascular diseases and various Heart Diseases.
- Cigarette smoke consists of various chemicals like Carbon Monoxide, Tar, Formaldehyde, cyanide, ammonium and after a proper analysis same chemicals like Carbon Monoxide, Tar, Nicotine were found in Hookah Smoke. In a general session of Hookah a person consumes 90000 ml of smoke as compared to 500-600 ml of smoke.
- Cigarette produces 1.2 times the Carbon Monoxide if a session last for 5 min. and a Hookah produces 8.8 times the Carbon Monoxide produce by a cigarette.
- Infection such as TB, Hepatitis, Herpes may be transferred on to one smoker to another by sharing Hookah. Tobacco juices from Hookah irritate mouth and increase the risk of developing Oral Cancer.
- Hookah consist of base, bowl ,pipe and a mouth piece. Tobacco is placed in the bowl and the bowl is covered with aluminium foil and on that pieces of Charcoal is placed since the tobacco is moist and does not burn in a self-sustaining fashion so these charcoal pieces are placed to heat the tobacco soaked in flavors. Some of them believe that presence of water removes the intoxicated gases but it is a complete myth presence of water still cannot remove those intoxicated gases.
- Non-Tobacco Products – Some sweet flavored non- tobacco products are sold in market by referring them as safe products. But the research have found that even the Non- Tobacco referred products contain the same Carbon Monoxide and other toxic agents causing Cancer and other deadly diseases.
- A single cigarette produces much less tar in comparison to hookah on the other hand a Hookah produces 37 times more tar as produced by a single cigarette.
- A 5 minute of Cigarette is equivalent to consuming 10 mg nicotine. A 45 minute session of Hookah is equivalent to 50 cigarettes. Yes one session of Hookah is equivalent to 50 cigarettes as you are consuming around 500 mg of Nicotine.
- With a more level of Nicotine and Cotinine ( a by-product of Nicotine ) in blood plasma, urine causes Periodontal Tissues. Pregnant women having the habit of smoking Hookah can cause various serious problem of breathing to child. Child could also have a low birth weight.
- After research it has been found that a Regular Cigarette smoker with an approx age of 18-26 mostly die from cancer at the age of 49-55 whereas a regular Hookah smoker with an approx age of 18-26 mostly die from cancer at the age of 39-45…
So these are the facts available so if in the beginning of the article you were having a habit of having Hookah even a Flavored one now you know the facts and should decide according to it rather than going by the myth because at the end your life is important and Your parents need you. So think wisely whether that 45 minute of Hookah session is really important or not….. ???? You could write about your experience regarding this issue in the comment section. Till then Stay Connected and don’t forget to follow my work at Xploremyviews.com