Shisha tobacco pipes can cause health problems

Mar 28, 2012

Hookahs can be very bad for health.

For those who like to visit the hookah bar and smoke shisha tobacco, the British Heart Foundation is warning that there could be some long-term health risks. People should consider life insurance to protect their families but also be aware of how they are managing their health to live longer.

The study, which was pulled from 133 local authorities, said that a typical shisha session for an hour was equal to smoking more than 100 tobacco cigarettes. About 84 percent of respondents to the survey thought it was 10 cigarettes or fewer.

“Contrary to popular belief, shisha is not safer than smoking cigarettes," according to the BHF's associate medical director, Dr. Mike Knapton. "Don’t be duped by the sweet smell and wholesome-sounding fruity flavors, if you use shisha you are a smoker and that means you’re putting your health at risk. It’s linked to the same serious and life-threatening diseases as cigarettes and there are added risks because you often smoke it for far longer than you would a cigarette and you’re also exposed to toxins from the wood or charcoal used to burn the tobacco."

People should pay attention to smoking and eating habits, as well as health issues. Life insurance policies will be less expensive with good health, as will medical bills.

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