Waterpipes…AKA…Hookah, Hubble Bubble, Shisha or whatever it may be called around where you live are hazardous to your health. There is a misconception that using waterpipes is less dangerous than cigarettes.
However, the Journal of the American Dental Association found that waterpipe smoking is associated with gum disease, oral cancer, oesophageal cancer and dry sockets as well as non oral related conditions such as lung cancer and heart disease.
Waterpipe smoking has its beginnings along time ago, with some sources claiming it originated in India, whilst others in Persia. A waterpipe heats up a form of tobacco that is often available in various flavours, with the smoke makings its way through a pot of water in the pipe and is inhaled through a rubber hose with a mouthpiece.
As waterpipe sessions can go for up to 60 minutes or sometimes longer, a smoker could inhale between 50-200 puffs compared to just smoking a cigarette which may only take 5-10 minutes. Due to the variations of nicotine available in waterpipies, it can be likened to smoking 100 cigarettes.
Smoking, whether it is cigarettes, waterpipes or other forms of recreational products, is hazardous to your health. Contact your GP or National Quit Organisation.