Hookah is trending now a days. Our vibrant youth takes it like a casual part of their daily routine. But it is not such a good thing as most of us considers.
A hookah has several universal components, including a water bowl, metal body, a head with holes in the bottom, and a flexible hose with a mouthpiece.
The device works by burning charcoal that will then burn a tobacco mixture, as well as heat up the water. The smoke the charcoal generates helps move the tobacco through the water and hose and up to the mouthpiece.
Using a hookah exposes a person tobacco smoke, which contains harmful components, such as carbon monoxide. The water in the hookah does not filter out these components.
Even if a person does not smoke directly from the hookah, they can still inhale secondhand smoke if they are nearby.
Potential health effects of smoking Hookah are :
Complications of lung function, such as chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) and bronchitis.
Increased risk of heart conditions, such as heart disease and heart attack.
Increased risk of cancer, especially lung, throat, and mouth cancer.
Premature skin aging, since smoking tobacco can decrease the amount of oxygen that reaches the skin.
Increased risk of infectious diseases, such as mononucleosis and oral herpes.
People may also increase their risk of respiratory infections if they share the hookah mouthpiece with others.
Which is more harmful- Hookah or cigarettes ?
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), smoking tobacco through a hookah has “many of the same health risks as cigarette smoking.”
For example, the tobacco smoke still delivers nicotine, a highly addictive substance. Hookah smoke also requires charcoal to be burnt, which interacts with tobacco, creating fumes that can be just as toxic as cigarette smoke.
People who use a hookah may be exposed to the toxins in the smoke longer than if they smoked cigarettes.
According to the CDC, a person puffs on a cigarette an average of 20 times, but they may take 200 puffs during an hour-long hookah session.
Along with that smoking a hookah delivers more than 2.5 times the amount the nicotine as cigarette smoke, according to the National Institute on Drug Abuse, quoting research lead by the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine. This volume of nicotine has the potential to be highly addictive.