Herbal Shisha have Same Harmful Effect; don’t Confuse for Herbal

Herbal Shisha have Same Harmful Effect; don’t Confuse for Herbal

The popularity of hookah, also known as shisha and narghile, runs against the anti-tobacco trend, partly because it appeals to teens and young adults. Water pipes also are exempted from some smoke-free laws and enjoy a mystique of being a more cultural and safer alternative to cigarettes. But the truth is every risk of cigarette smoking is also associated with water pipes. There are three terms are highly relevant: narghile, hookah and shisha.


Hookahs are commonly used in Arabic communities for smoking herbal fruits after meals, but it is becoming increasingly popular among young adults in Western Europe for smoking tobacco, massel (aromatic tobacco), cannabis and bango, an intoxicating plant leaf. It is believed about 100 million people use a hookah daily worldwide. Now they are in every college head shop and Middle Eastern market across the entire U.S... It is also growing in popularity in Japan.

The University of Oklahoma newspaper ran an article describing the tensions between campus hookah smokers and campus security. Even off-campus, many hookah cafes run afoul of a new generation of smoking bans that have created skirmishes for hookah bars in many cities.

The tobacco used in shisha smoking is a 1:2 mixture of shredded tobacco leaves and sweeteners like honey, molasses, or semi-dried fruit. In recent years, glycerin, artificial flavorings, and natural extracts have been added to the tobacco recipe to produce a variety of flavors (apple, cappuccino, strawberry, coconut, mango, cola, and mint). The most popular flavor is apple, others include strawberry, pineapple, apricot, grape, rose, mint, and even cappuccino! (There is even an exclusive cola flavor). The trend was initiated in Egypt, during the mid-80s, when Egyptian companies started marketing their tobacco products to women. So this whole flavor business is really nothing more than making the smoking experience a bit more pleasant and soothing to the throat.

"Most people misleadingly believe shisha does not contain tobacco and that when they smoke they inhale herbal products. It is the added flavors that make them feel they are smoking herbs, while they are actually taking in tobacco and are highly likely to become addicted to nicotine. Shisha smokers should realise that it is far more dangerous than cigarette smoking because the amount of nicotine in shisha can not be measured due to packing differences," a doctor in the government sector warned.

Some hookahs can be smoked with a no-tobacco herbal blend. But even then, water pipe smokers still inhale smoke from the charcoal that heats the pipe, said Shelly Kiser, director of advocacy with the American Lung Association of Ohio who helped spearhead the anti-smoking measure.

"Any time you burn anything and inhale it, it's going to damage your lungs," said Kiser said. A shisha is a multi-stemmed waterpipe for smoking substances such as herbal fruits and tobacco. Just like smoking herbal or “natural” cigarettes, herbal shisha exposes the smoker to tar and carcinogens.

It is marketed as being a safe alternative to cigarettes because the percentage of tobacco in the product smoked is low. This claim for safety is false. The water does not filter out many of the toxins. In fact, hookah smoke contains more toxins such as nicotine, carbon monoxide, tar, and other hazardous substances than cigarette smoke. Moreover; infectious diseases can be spread by sharing the pipe or through the way the tobacco.
Thomas Eissenberg, a psychology professor at Virginia Commonwealth University and co-author of a hookah study suggested that a hookah, which is smoked for about 45 minutes, delivers 36 times more tar than a cigarette, 15 times more carbon monoxide and 70% more nicotine.

Dr. Lutz Forkert, associate professor in the School of Medicine, said the volume of smoke is what makes shisha harmful. This is because while cigarette smokers usually spend about five minutes smoking, shisha smokers will take anywhere between 20 to 80 minutes. And although the water filters out some of the nicotine, tar and other chemicals, the sheer volume of smoke being consumed makes up for the small percentage of bad ingredients that are filtered out. “The volume of smoke in a bowl is much higher than a cigarette. … Therefore, it must be that the effects are worse,” he said.

A study in the Journal of Periodontology found that water pipes smokers were five times more likely than non-smokers to show signs of gum disease. The fact that the waterpipe was the trigger of relapse for some cigarette quitters. Thus, initiation of waterpipe use can be a significant unintended consequence of cigarette smoking cessation

In a June 2004 study, Jane Henley, an epidemiologist at the American Cancer Society, found that men who smoked water pipes had five times the risk of lung cancer as non-smokers.

Research suggests that the waterpipes have three additional lethal risks over the risks of smoking cigarettes: flavored tobacco is smoked over coals and fumes from these fuels add new toxins to the already dangerous smoke. According to a recent World Health Organization (WHO) advisory, a typical one-hour session of hookah smoking exposes the user to 100 to 200 times the volume of smoke inhaled from a single cigarette. Even after passing through the water, the tobacco smoke produced still contains high levels of toxic compounds, including carbon monoxide, heavy metals and cancer-causing chemicals (carcinogens). Hookah smoking also delivers significant levels of nicotine — the very addictive substance in tobacco.

Some may wonder why there is no restriction or ban on shisha-smoking as the government has spent a huge amount on the anti-smoking campaign. And why the health authorities are keeping mum on shisha-smoking as it also promotes the use of tobacco?

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Well I don't smoke often,

Well I don't smoke often, occasional at a party I'll share a cigarette with a buddy, but mostly just weed 2 or 3 times a week if people have it and when I first tried hookah I fell in LOVE. So smooth and social and just fun. So now I'm just trying to find out what I can about it and maybe even look into buying a hookah because it's just such a relaxing activity! I wouldn't smoke it with the tobacco though, just molasses...

My $0.02

First I'd like to say I trust studies conducted by the government like I trust a plumber's estimate; they've got their own agenda to attend to first and facts are much farther down on their priority list.

I'd also like to say that tobacco has gotten a bad wrap lately because of its use in cigarettes. Guilty by association, you know. While I am against cigarettes and would never smoke another I believe that natural tobacco poses a minor threat to the health safety of our people. While it is certainly not as pure as freshly fallen snow by any means I believe it's gentler on the body than a pack of cigarettes with their numerous identified and unidentified chemical additives. With continued study the health benefits of nicotine grow in number, including reducing the risk of contracting Parkinson's and Alzheimer's disease.

Tobacco is similar to marijuana in this respect. Both plants have the power to heal but are looked down upon by the public. Not the ENTIRE public, just the public that talks the loudest into the camera. Mislead by biased educational systems and the threat of addiction we have been lied to about the effects of these drugs and instead our educators employ scare tactics in place of truth.

Addiction is an ugly word but only because it's used too often in the anti-drug industry. Addiction brings up thoughts of painful rehab, deadly chemical dependencies, families torn apart and the insatiable cravings these dependencies cause which drive people to commit crimes in order to support their habit. I'm not saying that there is no addiction associated with marijuana or tobacco because there most certainly is and I have witnessed both to painful extents.

But addiction applies not only to these drugs but anything one can grow emotionally or physically dependent on. Attention, love, chocolate, caffeine, sex, skin moisturizer, sunglasses, tanning, food, even television can all be addictive. Chances are that we're all addicted to something. We should not allow the government to step in and regulate what we intake because there will be no end to it, only an end to our freedoms and personal liberties. Control will move from the citizens over to the ruling minority until everything you do or say is moderated and filtered.

Too many overweight people in America? Regulate the calorie intake of the citizens and if that's too large a task then force the fast food companies like McDonald's to make their menus more health-friendly or face steep federal penalties. People spending too much time watching TV and not exercising? Limit viewing time. If you exceed that limit or want to watch more then you'll have to pay more for it. That way the government makes more money to try and pay off loans which are impossible to ever fully repay. Thank the almighty and unregulated Federal Reserve for this.

I believe it is your right not only as a free citizen but also as a human being to decide what you take into your body so long as you harm no one else with your decisions. A lot of people in the anti-drug industry will lead you to believe that, given the opportunity and facing no legal repercussions, people will fill their bodies up with whatever drugs they can get their hands on. This is as absurd as it sounds, or at least how I hope it would sound to you.

Well, maybe not all that absurd. Of course you, even your children, are legally allowed to intake caffeine and sugar in mass quantities to your heart's desire at any age. Some people do and come to realize the downsides of this excessive abuse in time. Others will moderate themselves after understanding that too much of anything is bad and they will govern the intake of these chemicals on their own. You don't need the government to hold your hand when the solution is as simple as education and understanding.

The morality of your choices are not for others to decide, especially not politicians who like to force their own agenda upon others. Simply put if they don't like smoking then you shouldn't either. It's not only incredibly selfish and bigoted it's also a step away from freedom and into fascism. Instead it resides inside oneself to do what they want to do and to make their own decisions on what's right and wrong, good or bad, based off their own observations. Some people do not want the overwhelming responsibility to make their own decisions so they take the easy path and let others tell them what to do, how to act, what to say, what to eat and what to take into their bodies.

In recent decades the support and tolerance for the medicinal use of marijuana has grown but it seems we've moved onto demonizing tobacco. Why is this? The nicotine content of shisha tobacco IS measured and IS lesser than that of your typical cigarette. It's not uncommon to see "Nicotine: .5% Tar: 0%" on tobacco containers. It's a "safe" alternative because you don't inhale harsh, hot combustion smoke. The hookah is a primitive vaporizer; the tobacco never ignites unless your hookah is set up improperly. Air heats up as it passes over the coals, travels over your shisha tobacco and raises the temperature of the tobacco until the various chemicals -including nicotine- boil and vaporize. The tobacco gets hot enough to boil but not hot enough to ignite.

Think of sticking your face over and breathing in burning oil from a pan on the stove compared to a pot of boiling water. You certainly wouldn't want to inhale the smoke from the oil, it burns your lungs and eyes, but breathing in the water vapor rising from the boiling pot doesn't seem harmful. The vapor from a hookah is very cool, mellow, even refreshing. Certainly tobacco vapor is not as pure as water vapor or completely without drawbacks but I'd rather stand and breath inside a hot shower than in a burning building.

Although the nicotine content of shisha is lesser you get a higher percentage of it from vaporizing than combustion. Igniting your tobacco not only produces a lot of nasty carcinogens and hot, tissue-scalding smoke but also destroys quite a bit of the nicotine as it burns. This is why the nicotine content in cigarettes is higher than that of hookah tobacco. Vaporizers are simply more efficient than lighters.

I bet most of the studies conducted actually burn the shisha like it was cigarette tobacco. In that case a lot of toxins are going to be released and it's going to seem horrible, especially with the natural preservatives like molasses and honey being ignited. This isn't how shisha is meant to be used. Even if they did vaporize it properly for their tests, which I doubt, I'm sure they used barbecue coals which ARE toxic and produce carbon monoxide.

These coals are meant to heat food to eat, not to inhale the smoke from as you cook your food. That's why your coal grill is located outside in the well-ventilated open and not inside your sealed garage. Hookah coals are by far safer and are made more pure and natural so you taste more of your shisha tobacco and less of the coal.

People like to throw around words like SMOKE and SMOKING like they were taboo. There are very ugly images are associated with them: dissected lungs turned char black, disease, death, cancer, etc. I was programed to associate cancer and disease with cigarette SMOKING or second hand SMOKE. They'll say that when you SMOKE from a hookah you inhale more SMOKE than when you're SMOKING a cigarette so it must be worse. That might be true if you did any SMOKING with a hookah but you don't; you VAPORIZE. I've already beat the dead horse about the difference between SMOKING and VAPORIZING thoroughly enough so I'll leave it be.

Keep in mind that cigarette smokers will smoke multiple times throughout the day while a hookah user might relax at the end of the day with a bowl for an hour or two. Just because one bowl of shisha is more potent than one cigarette does not mean people only smoke one cigarette per day. You might have people going through one, maybe even two packs of cigarettes a day.

Smokers are five times more likely to develop gum disease and lung cancer than people who don't smoke? A great, yet obvious observation used to support a particular idea. I'd like to make an observation of my own. People who use knives are fifty times more likely to cut themselves than people who don't. Does this mean we shouldn't use knives because the risk for injury is greater than not using them? Of course not. Should we understand the risks associated with such a hazard before using it and approach it responsibly? Absolutely.

Nicotine is addictive but it isn't the only addictive substance in cigarettes. There are also a number of antidepressants inside which increase the dependency on them to alleviate stress and tension. Chemicals in a substance aren't the only factors attributed to addiction. The personality of the individual is very important. Since personalities and the tendencies for becoming addicted to something, whether it be a drug, food or even television, vary so greatly from person to person the government will tell you that you can't be trusted to do what's right for you.

The government believes the only way to fight temptation presented to its citizens is to remove that temptation completely and terrify us into compliance. I believe that through patience and understanding we'll not only overcome such bigoted, outdated and oppressive concepts but also improve as a whole by learning how to view the world in more than one dimension.

I have smoked cigarettes in the past, I have used an electric vaporizer and I have used a hookah. Out of all three I'd say the hookah was the smoothest, calmest "smoke" of the three; beating even the electric vaporizer which used no supposedly toxin-filled coals for heat. The vaporizer is close but the vapor from the hookah was cooler and easier on my lungs.

Very rarely would I cough while puffing from a hookah hose and when I did it was because I had improperly set up the hookah which led to the tobacco getting too hot and starting to smoke. Believe me when that shisha begins to smoke you will feel it burn strong a second or two into inhaling. Given this I can understand how a hookah would show in a study to be worse than a cigarette IF the person testing it ignited the shisha tobacco.

Reader, take what you want from my reply to this post. Take not only what I've said but what has already been said on this page and take both with a grain of salt. Look into both sides thoroughly and only when you have compiled the facts judge for yourself what YOU believe. I exist only as a counterpoint, not as an angel or devil sitting on your shoulder telling you what to do and what not to do. Your choices are yours to make. Do what makes you happy so long as your choices do no harm to others.

I am against the smoking of

I am against the smoking of any tobacco. But as you clearly put, hookah is not smoking. It is vaporizing. And although in a hookah pipe the shisha does get hot, (I must cite you again) it never ignites. I agree that the government has its own agenda, its likely that the studies are based off of fully burning shisha. I would just like to include a couple of points about smoking and some things that this article did not include.

While cigarette smokers smoke multiple times/packs a day, smoking a bowl of shisha is most commonly a social activity for events like parties. If this is the case then becoming addicted to hookah would be hard, (as long as you arent having parties every day). Thus, when used in moderation, like everything in this would should be, hookah is a "safe alternative" to cigarettes.

The water, used standard in hookah sets, does filter most of the chemicals that are being introduced when being smoked.

As an added bonus, the water cools the flavored vapor, being very easy on the throat and lungs of the user. One of the numerous problems with cigarette smoking is, when you inhale, you are breathing in hot smoke and burning embers that literally burn the lungs and throat.

If you look at the ingredients of a can of shisha it has only three things. "Premium Shredded Tobacco, Honey(or molasses), Artificial Flavors" If you look up the many substances added to cigarettes you'll see: Butane, Propane, Tar, Formaldehyde(embalming fluid), Ammonia, Acetone
(nail polish remover, Arsenic, Hydrogen Cyanide, etc. There are 4000+ chemicals including the ones I just listed. Most of these chemicals make the cigarette burn hotter and faster so the addict needs to light up another one. Others are purposely introduced to addict the person the first time.

The bottom line: Anything and everything is bad for you in some way. Hookah is not exempt. But when put into comparison with the risks of a single cigarette, which do you choose? If you know what you are getting in to, and understand the consequences, then ultimately it is your decision whether or not to do whatever it might be. There should be no interferance of government or neighbor concerning how you want to live your life.

your $0.02 is worth $200 as

your $0.02 is worth $200 as far as Im concerned, I agree with nearly everything you said, and wish we weren't some of the only diminishing few that actually understands this common sense. yes, anything you inhale can be potentially harmful for you, its pointless to deny that, but the extent of a bad rap hookahs get is simply ridiculous.

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