5 Shocking Reasons why Shisha Smoking is Bad for you!

5 Shocking Reasons why Shisha Smoking is Bad for you!

5 Shocking reasons why shisha smoking is bad for you – Shisha smoking, also known as hookah or water pipe smoking, involves inhaling flavored tobacco through a water pipe. It has become a feature at many gatherings, but it’s important to be aware of the potential health risks associated with it.

The habit originated in India in the 16th century and quickly spread through out Asia and over the last few years, it has become very popular around the globe, especially among young people. Many believe that it is a safer alternative to cigarette smoking.

Shisha smoke contains harmful chemicals and can still lead to nicotine addiction and various health problems, similar to cigarette smoking. It’s essential to consider the health implications before indulging in the act.

It has been said that an hour of shisha is similar to smoking 30 sticks of cigarettes….

Let that sink in for a minute before you continue reading

In this article, we talk about 5 reasons why you probably should avoid shisha smoking.

1. Health Risks

Shisha smoking involves inhaling smoke, which can

5 shocking reasons why shisha smoking is bad for you!
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lead to health problems such as lung disease, including lung cancer and chronic obstructive airway disease, heart issues  due to the toxins and chemicals present in the smoke.

2. Addictive Nature

Shisha contains nicotine, making it addictive. Regular use can lead to dependency, causing withdrawal symptoms when trying to quit.


3. Secondhand Smoke

Those around someone smoking shisha are exposed to secondhand smoke, which poses health risks similar to direct smoking.


4. Impact on Fitness and Endurance

Shisha smoke decreases oxygen levels in the blood, affecting physical performance, endurance, and overall fitness levels.


5. Lack of filtration means a worse outlook in comparison with cigarette smoking.

Yes, you read that right. Shisha has no filters, unlike cigarettes which tend to have some filtration at the base of the sticks. Not to suggest that the filters make much of a difference though, but at least it’s there. The water in the pipe does not serve as a filter in any capacity. All the toxins go right through the water and straight into your lungs.
This coupled with the fact that people can spend hours smoking shisha makes it all the more dangerous to your health.

It is for these reasons that you need to avoid shisha smoking. It is not any safer than cigarette smoking; in fact it may be worse than cigarette smoking. It is therefore imperative that you take all necessary precautions.

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Kelvin Owusu, MD
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Kelvin Owusu, MD

Dr. Kelvin Owusu is a Health and Wellness Consultant who, through a holistic approach, helps individuals and groups craft innovative health plans aimed at promoting healthy lifestyles.

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