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Smoking Shisha '10 times more harmful than cigarettes'

Health expert Dr Ahmed Al Mulla says shisha does not have filter like cigarettes

Smoking Shisha '10 times more harmful than cigarettes'

A Qatar-based consultant physician has said that one session of shisha smoking is equivalent to smoking 20 cigarettes.

Dr Ahmed Al Mulla, Consultant Physician and Head of Smoking Cessation Clinic at Hamad Medical Corporation (HMC), said smoking shisha can be ten times more harmful than cigarette smoking, according to a report in The Peninsula.

“Unfortunately many people think that shisha is less dangerous. But it can be 10 times harmful than cigarettes,” Dr Al Mulla told a press conference held at HMC.

He said that while cigarettes have a filter, the smoke from shisha passes directly into the mouth, throat and lungs.

In order to produce more accurate findings on the effects of shisha on people’s health, HMC and American University in Beirut are conducting a clinical study, which will examine the adverse effects of tobacco use on heart, blood vessels and the respiratory system. The three-year study, which began in April 2013, is funded by Qatar National Research Fund.

Recent statistics show that 37 percent of those aged 15 and above in Qatar are smokers, with 95 percent of those male. The statistics also reveal that 15 percent of schoolchildren (boys and girls) in grade seven (aged 12 and above) also smoke.

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Nick Mark 5 years ago

It just another study on smoking which is not entirely correct I would say: http://medhealthcareguide.com/best-way-to-quit-smoking-and-some-fascinating-findings/

Bassam 5 years ago

Another sorry and inaccurate reporting on Sheesha. It's sad when a person carrying the title "Dr." makes a scientific conclusion without supporting his thesis with evidence and data. You can't say that Sheesha is 10 or 20 times more harmful than anything unless you prove it. What's your proof? Title "Dr"?

PPM 5 years ago

Just one example copied from a page with about 20....

Akl EA, Gaddam S, Gunukula SK, Honeine R, Jaoude PA, Irani J. The Effects of Waterpipe Tobacco Smoking on Health Outcomes: A Systematic Review.
International Journal of Epidemiology 2010;39:834–57

There are lots more scientific, controlled studies of Shisha smoke and none of them appear to find that it is less harmful than cigarrettes. I don't smoke so I don't care either way but Bassam - Dr or not - should back up his point of view with studies too. Urban legends don't cut it.

Sami Ahmed 5 years ago

How about 9 times Doctor? Obviously, you have no scientific clue. Why is it that you publish these public declarations when lack of an active sports life is 1000 times more dangerous than smoking a social sheesha?
How about the dangerous fatty and imbalanced foods our children consume at fast food restaurants?
How about the gas fumes you inhale when you drive to your clinic to make these declarations?
It's about time we all wake up to forget about the dangers of sheesha and focus on more pressing life shortening human behaviors. Just look around you with the eye of the facts above and please stop making these claims.