Smoking Hookah! Can be the reason of many health risks…


Published By: Srishti Gautam (srishti789gautam@gmail.com)
         

Whether in the movies or ancient times, we have all seen people holding a long pipe and blowing out smokes for style. The traditional form of cigarettes, hookah is something that has not lost its popularity over the years. Even with its new various other innovations, hookah still remains a favourite among all the people. So in the basic terms, a hookah is a water pipe that is used for smoking tobacco. The pipe is normally large in size and consists of a water chamber, a tobacco chamber, and one or more tubes that are flexible, allowing more than one smoker to use the hookah at the same.

The tobacco used in a hookah is not just as the normal tobacco but it is often sweetened with fruit pulp, honey, additional flavours like coconut, fruit flavours, mint, or coffee. The flavor used in hookah tobacco is the major reason which make hookah popular among the youngster. However, in the shade of the fun and joy the smoke provides you, people often tend to overlook the arduous health risks it can have on your body.

Having been in use for more than 400 years, hookah was invented over the misbelief of the inventor that the water would minimise the health risks posed by tobacco, before inhalation. So, let us know some negative ways through which hookah smoking can affect your health.

Toxins in Hookah:

Though using cold water can ease the harsh effect on your lungs, the tobacco and the smoke from it contain various toxins such as the following…

  • Polonium 210, a radioactive isotope
  • Carbon monoxide
  • Tar Arsenic
  • Acetaldehyde
  • Cobalt
  • Cadmium
  • Nickel
  • Formaldehyde
  • Lead
  • Acrolein
  • Chromium

Risks of smoking Hookah:

A person not just gets affected by smoking hookah but also inhaling its smoke, if you are sitting close to the person smoking. People are often leaded to believe that hookah smoking is safe when compared to that of cigarette smoking. However, that is entirely false as hookah smokers are at risk for as cigarette smokers are

Some common health risks of hookah smoking:

  • Premature ageing, because smoking tobacco can decrease the amount of oxygen that reaches your skin and causes to look aged with blemishes, dark spots and wrinkles.
  • Increases the risk of heart diseases such as heart attack.
  • Risk of infectious diseases such as mononucleosis and oral herpes. Increased risk of cancer such as oral cancer, lung cancer, stomach cancer and oesophagal cancer.
  • It also affects functioning of your lungs such as bronchitis and chronic obstructive pulmonary diseases.
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