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Check Out The Effect of Shisha On The Body


Smoking shisha originally arose as a traditional form of smoking particularly in Asian and Middle Eastern communities. It has recently gained popularity in shisha bars in the West – in fact, public health officials have recently given it the status of an epidemic. 

Hookah or shisha users however are exposed to many of the same toxic compounds/by-products as cigarette users, but at dramatically higher levels, which might lead to more severe negative health effects. In fact, hookah users are at risks of infections, cancers, lung disease, and other medical conditions. Moreover, because of the overlapping toxicant/chemical profile to conventional cigarettes, hookah smoke effects on the cardiovascular system are thought to be comparable to those of conventional cigarettes.

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Effects of Shisha On The Body

Carbon Monoxide Poisoning

Unlike cigarettes, shisha is burnt using charcoal or wood cinders so users can also be exposed to dangerously high levels of carbon monoxide gas. This can result in carbon monoxide poisoning which happens when the carbon monoxide in tobacco smoke causes a reduction in the amount of oxygen carried in the blood so the heart must pump harder to supply the body with sufficient oxygen.


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.

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Cardiovascular Disease

It’s been shown that heavy hookah smoking has been associated with ischemic heart disease, heart failure and coronary artery disease development. From dental diseases to cardiovascular problems, understanding the harmful effects of smoking hookah are the first steps you can take to start the discussion with your teen.

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