Is Hookah As Dangerous As 100 Cigarettes?
Hookah refers to an instrument that helps in smoking the tobacco while cooling and filtering the smoke over the water. The concept of using hookah traces its origin in ancient Persia as well as India around 400 years back. The instrument has different names according to locations like Goza, Narghile, and HubbleBubble, etc. Due to its rising demand among the people, a hookah is available in all kinds of shapes and flavors all over the world. However, the consumption of any type of drugs for a prolonged period isn't beneficial for the body. Often people confuse the usage of cigarettes and a hookah. Although both use tobacco as its main ingredient, yet, the effects vary according to the amount of consumption. Now the debate remains whether a hookah is as dangerous as inhaling 100 cigarettes. Before we jump into a conclusion, let us take a quick look at some of the beneficial facts about the consumption of hookah daily. Some of the facts that we all need to know before using the hookah pipe for daily basis:
The first hookah myth is that the smoke passing through the water is safer than the smoke passing through the cigarette filter. The answer here cane be yes and no! How so? If we compare the level of filtering, it is not proven that the water filters way better than a cigarette filter. However, when the smoke runs through the water, some research showed that it is a good filter, but not to the point that it makes it safe. But if we are comparing the smoke itself. The hookah smoke is easier on the body, not because it runs through the water, but rather it has way fewer chemicals than cigarettes. Hookah tobacco or shisha only has 4 main ingredients, ie tobacco, glycerin, flavor, and molasses. Where as cigarettes have at least around 82 toxic materials that have carcinogenic effects on human health in the smoke produced.
Again, although the smoke passes over the water, yet that does not eliminate the risks involved in inhaling tobacco in general.