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The Harmful Effects Of Smoking Shisha

1. Cancer

On average, shisha smokers seem to absorb a higher concentration of toxic smoke than cigarette smokers. This is partially due to characteristics in the way that shisha smoking is practiced such as the frequency of puffing and depth of inhalation compared to cigarette smoking. Typically, the length of a shisha session is an hour, during which the user may inhale up to 200 times the volume of smoke inhaled from a cigarette.

2. Cardiovascular Diseases*

Toxins from the shisha smoke enter the bloodstream and contribute to atherosclerosis that in turn hardens and narrows arteries. The lining of the arteries also get damaged from the smoke leading to the accumulation of a fatty deposit (atheroma) which narrows the artery. These changes can cause many cardiovascular complications such as angina, congestive heart failure, a heart attack or a stroke.

 3. Infectious Diseases

There are also risks associated with the way in which shisha smoking is socially practiced. The apparatus is generally smoked in special bars and the mouthpiece provided may not be hygienic to use due to improper cleaning. Thus, using it risks the spread of infectious diseases including bacterial by tuberculosis, fungal by aspergillus (affecting the lungs), helicobacter (responsible for stomach ulcers) and viral by herpes and hepatitis.

Due to the fact that users are not always aware of the harms associated with smoking shisha there have been studies by the World Health Organisation(WHO) suggesting initiatives aimed at raising awareness and subsequently decreasing the usage of shisha.

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