Did You Know That Hookah Might Kill You Sooner Than The Cigarette?
August 07, 2018
If you think that you are doing yourself (and everyone around) a favour by kicking the cigarette butt for good and switching to the fruit-flavoured hookah, we have some very bad news for you.
The debate around ‘cigarette vs hookah and which is more harmful’ seems to be finally settling down with this new study conducted by the researchers at the University of California, Los Angeles.
The study has found that if you smoke hookah for 30 minutes, it equals putting yourself at the risk of developing cardiovascular risk factors. These risk factors are shockingly similar to those developed by cigarette smoking.
The findings also shed light on the fact that a single session of hookah smoking increased the heart rate by 16 beats per minute. It was also found that it increased blood pressure and there were significantly increased measures of arterial stiffness, which in turn is a key risk factor for heart attack.
According to a previous study conducted by the WHO, a typical hookah smoking session may deliver over 20 times the smoke volume of a single cigarette. Shocked? Wait, there is more.
Generally, cigarette smokers inhale eight to twelve puffs of 40-75 ml each, typically smoking for around five to seven minutes at a single time
On the other hand, a typical hookah smoking session lasts around 30-60 minutes or even longer, depending on the number of people smoking the hookah.
This results in inhaling around almost 1 litre of smoke which easily equals around smoking 100 cigarettes in a single session.
So for all those who think making ‘hookah smoke rings’ is cool and fruit and alcohol flavoured ‘sheesha’ is a safer option, consider this article an issued warning and don’t let the marketing gimmicks and social trends fool you.