Shisha ‘as harmful as cigarettes’

BBC NEWS | Health | Shisha ‘as harmful as cigarettes’

Why does anyone assume that shisha is less harmful than smoking cigarettes? Becuase it’s such a “cultural” experience, or because the smell of shisha is much less obnoxious than that of cigarette smoke, perhaps? However, tobacco is still tobacco regardless of whether you use a fancy pipe or a roll-up.

A recent study by the UK Department of Health and the Tobacco Control Collaborating Centre has found that shisha smokers have more carbon monoxide in their blood than light or heavy smokers of cigarettes, affecting between 8 and 12% of their blood. You might also like to consider what you might be picking up when you share a shisha pipe, as made clear in this report.

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