I’m a smoker, and personally enjoy the occasional arguileh (shisha/hookah). But, intensive research on how bad it is for you is relatively new, and researchers are already confirming how exponentially worse arguilehs are compared to cigarettes. So, I’m officially stopping arguilehs, for good.
AUB has been doing some great research on how bad arguilehs are for your health, and I got a 50-slide presentation outlining the details and numbers. Here’s the source.
Of course, there are the usual disadvantages of smoking: cancer, hear disease, death and everything we’re very familiar with. In this post, I included the information that blew my mind most…
1- 1 Hour Arguileh = 100-200 Cigarettes Smoke
The volume of smoke you get into your lungs during one hour of arguileh, is equal to the volume to anywhere between a hundred or two hundred cigarettes… So, just in terms of sheer amount and volume, you’re already in deep trouble if you’re smoking arguilehs…
2- 25 Times the Tar and 10 Times the CO
3- Disease Transmission
Most arguileh smokers don’t own one themselves, and just rent it out at cafes or restaurants, or even have them delivered to their homes (a rising fad in Lebanon). This means that dozens, hundreds if not thousands of people will use the same smoking instrument. Usually, we add that little piece of plastic on the tip to be “hygienic” ( yes, I realize how this might come off as a euphemism to condom use). But, the tube itself is rarely, if ever cleaned, making respiratory diseases such as Tuberculosis fairly easily transmittable, and a friend in AUB was diagnosed with TB after a hookah session.
So, if the health hazards aren’t enough, then let your germophobe side convince you to stop.
Read the full presentation here.