With coronavirus now plaguing the whole world, killing hundreds and infecting thousands, this video, provided by Newsy, shows us how hookah is equally deadly and can be much more harmful to your body than 25 cigarettes.
Hookah also poses a huge risk of transmitting deadly coronavirus.
Researchers found that hookah — now more popular than cigarettes among teens — is much heavier on tar, smoke, nicotine and carbon monoxide.
Hookah, aka Pneumatic Water Pipe, Narghile, Arghileh, Qalyan, or other names is a single or multi-stemmed instrument for vaporizing and smoking flavored tobacco called shisha. In hookah, the vapor or smoke is passed through a water basin—often glass-based—before inhalation.
Health risks of smoking hookah include exposure to toxic chemicals that aren’t filtered out by the water. Also, the risk of infectious disease when hookahs are shared.
The waterpipe was either invented in the Mughal or the Safavid Empires. For these areas, it eventually spread to the east into India.
Later on, hookah reached the Middle East during the Ottoman Era from neighboring Safavid Iran.
More recently in the modern ages, hookah has gained popularity in the Americas, Europe, Oceania, Australia, Southeast Asia. Also in South and East Africa largely due to immigrants from the Levant.
This article is from our archive, originally published on an earlier date, and highlighted now for its importance