What is Behind the Glass Hookah Smoke?
For centuries, hookah has been used to smoke tobacco in the various parts Middle East. Hookahs were the status symbols of many rich Turkish women during the 19th century. Soon hookahs were introduced in Europe, and hookah places like café and restaurants have started emerging ever since. At the present day, hookah’s popularity has reached the various parts of the world like Spain, France, Britain, even in the United States.
Hypothetically, glass hookahs were believed to have less damaging effects when using tobacco compared to cigarette smoking, because hookah uses water as a holder of the smoke; therefore, lowering the level of nicotine intake.
This belief is, however, argued by the World Health Organization (WHO). They said that the health risks are the same as smoking cigarettes and can increase the chances of lung cancer and other diseases of the heart, as hookah smoke still has considerable amounts of nicotine and other harmful substances. It would be safe to say that the hookah smokers can inhale as much smoke as a cigarette smoke would inhale 10 or more cigarettes.
Many have questioned if hookah smoking is a safer alternative to cigarettes, but the truth is, it is not. It is estimated that a hookah user who smokes a hookah on a daily basis is no different from a person who smokes 10 cigarettes everyday. On the other hand, for irregular users of Glass Hookahs, the smoke intake can be comparable to smoking two cigarettes a day.
When burned, tobacco still emits budding harmful chemicals to the users, so the risks are not automatically decreased even for the hookah users. Like cigarette smoking, second-hand hookah smoking still puts non-users to health risks. Hookah smoking can be as just as addictive. The fact is, tobacco still kills, and so hookah smoking is not much of a safer alternative to cigarette smoking.