Recently hookah bars have become popular among young adults and college students. This rise has caused some concern among business owners, law personnel, politicians, health administrators and of course, parents. But, what is all the hype? Isn’t hookah suppose to be healthier than smoking cigarettes? Aren’t there less chemicals in tobacco used for hookahs or even shisha? If there is no ban on hookah bars, then why is everyone getting worked up about it? It isn’t like they are selling weed, alcohol to minors, or porn.
Though this might be the thought process of those in support of hookah bars and smoking, there are health risks that weigh heavy on the minds of many who oppose this popular past-time. For one, there may be less chemicals in shisha and flavored tobacco, but the Mayo Clinic states that hookah smoke contains harmful compounds such as “tar, carbon monoxide, heavy metals and cancer-causing chemicals (carcinogens).” Plus, hookah smoking is linked to lung and oral cancers just like cigarettes.
Even if you don’t smoke hookah that much, it has been indicated by the World Health Organization (WHO) that in the time (about 60 minutes) you finish smoking it is equivalent to burning through 100 cigarettes!
These health risks and information by health organizations seem to have some clout behind their argument opposing hookah bars. But, this startling information isn’t enough to deter some from partaking in hookah. Health on MSNBC.com reported that many supporters argue that there is social interactions and has cultural standing; they say that the general atmosphere is about hanging out with friends. What harm is there in this?
Both sides seem to have good points, but if you want to stay healthy and live long, you might want to rethink smoking hookah. To get a better understanding of what hookah smoking is and the devices used, please check out this article on eHow Health.
Everybody knows that smoking cigarettes is really bad for you, so instead some young people have turned to smoking Hookah. Fox 12 Oregon reports that Hookah is a type of tobacco that comes in fun flavors, such as Mango Tango and Skittles. Many teens believe that this flavored tobacco has little or no nicotine in it, there for it is not addictive. Wrong, it does contain nicotine and is addictive. In fact the World Heath Organization reports that a typical Hookah session equals the amount of smoke in 100 cigarettes.
The majority of Hookah smokers are young teenage girls. Hookah is being marketed to young girls by using appealing flavors. One young lady stated that she smokes Hookah because it tastes good. No matter what you call it, it is still smoking and still unhealthy.