What are the effects of Shisha?

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effects of shisha

Shisha is one of the trending addictions in our society. Shisha is a type of equipment that has a water pipe that allows the individual to smoke tobacco with multiple flavors like orange, berry, melon, chocolate, cherries, licorice, and others. Shishas have been the part of our world seen ancient times within India and Persia in the form of hookahs, which are now commonly termed as shisha. Shisha is also known as narghile, hookah, Hubble bubble, or water pipe. Some people assume that shisha is safe for their health when compared to smoking, but it’s not true at all. Shisha is a device that works through burning charcoal, which ultimately burns the tobacco mixture and heats the water within the equipment leading to the generation of tobacco from the water pipe into the mouthpiece. Utilizing a shisha is a common trend in our society, which exposes us to harmful toxins like carbon monoxide.

The potential harmful health effects of shisha include complications in lung functions like chronic obstructive pulmonary disease or bronchitis. It increases your risk to suffer from heart conditions like a heart attack or different heart diseases. Shisha has tobacco which contains tar, carbon monoxide, nicotine along with heavy metals like lead and arsenic. Shisha smoking leads to narrowing of the arteries and, ultimately, atherosclerosis where the fatty component gets accumulated within the arteries and leads to narrowing of the arteries. These complex changes within the cardiovascular system lead to heart diseases like congestive heart failure, angina, stroke, and heart attack. Shisha smoking leads to nicotine addiction similar to cigarettes, which leads to the stimulation of adrenaline within the body and causes high blood pressure, the inability of the heart to pump effectively, and increased chances to suffer from a stroke or heart attack. Shishas also have carbon monoxide, which lowers down the oxygen-carrying capacity within the blood, making it hard for the heart to pump effectively.

Shisha smoking also increases your chance to suffer from infectious diseases as the mouthpiece may not be sterilized and used multiple times at the café bars and shisha places. It is, therefore, essential to ensure safety and prohibit the use of shisha, at least in public places.

It enhances your risk to suffer from cancers like lung cancer, mouth cancer, or throat cancer. Smoking shisha means you are absorbing a higher concentration of toxins in comparison to cigarettes, such as heavy metals, carbon monoxide, and carcinogens.

Smoking shisha increases premature aging because it results in reduced oxygen supply towards the skin. Shisha also enhances your risk to suffer from infectious diseases like oral herpes and infectious mononucleosis. It increases your chance to suffer from respiratory tract infections. 

Still, some people assume that Shishas are safer when compared to alternate smoking methods, but this is not true as it leads to harmful effects all over the body. Shisha is comparatively more dangerous than cigarettes as one hour of shisha session is similar to the consumption of 100 cigarettes, which means you are inhaling several toxins with the shisha leading to a high chance to suffer from medical conditions. You might find shisha being addictive due to the presence of tobacco, but you need to try quitting shisha as it is not suitable for your health. Try making an appointment with the healthcare professional or visit the rehab programs and stop smoking shishas. 

Until Next Time,

Team Doctor ASKY!

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