Sunday, 16 September 2012

Say No To Shisha

This grim reality calls for immediate action not only on the part of government and policy makers but also on health care providers in creating awareness against the lethal hazards associated with Shisha smoking. The following recommendations are proposed and efforts at all level are required to implement them. Some of these are also suggested actions by the WHO Study Group on Tob.
1.       Shisha should be subjected to the same regulations as cigarettes and other tobacco products.
2.       Shisha should contain health warnings.
3.       The restaurants should inform their clients of the actual contents of Shisha.
4.       Media should be involved in creating awareness against the hazards of Shisha smoking.
5.       Awareness sessions against the hazards of Shisha smoking and other substance abusers should be made a regular feature in all educational institutions.
6.       Surveys should be conducted to assess the extent of the problem and its prevalence in our society.
7.       Longitudinal studies should be conducted to assess the health implications of Shisha smoking.
1.       Shisha smoking though a part of our cultural heritage is damaging the youth of our country. It is imperative to prevent our younger generation from indulging in a habit which will have detrimental effects not only on their health but also on the health of the country.acco Product Regulation
8.       Parents must check their children about their various activities in society.
9.       As youth is that strength which can bring change in our society so we should aware our youth and ask them to stand among those who protest against it not among those who demand for it.
10.   Many world wild organizations are working for the betterment of youth having one of their issues related to shisha.

Whoever is thinking that they are safe with hookahs as opposed to cigarettes is only fooling them. It is especially sad to see this trend catching on fire in the Muslim world.
 Let’s do whatever it takes to halt this phenomenon, especially in preventing our youths from indulging in this harmful habit. Spread the word!

Why Shisha Is Getting Popularity Among Youth?

  This is so because they adopted it as a fashion trend and it is fashion world wild.
2.       They feel trendy while sitting in shisha bars with friends enjoying the smoke, meal and Friends Company.
3.       They thought that when the smoke is carried through water bath, it becomes less harmful and fruity flavors bring them a taste.
4.       Another factor adding to its popularity is its social acceptability as compared to cigarettes and it portrayal is a symbol of modernization of our cultural heritage.

Some Famous Shisha Cafes In Pakistan
                    World fashion
                    Jemin java
                    Abadan lounge
                    Latte lounge
                    Roadside café
                    Studio cafe
                    Rooftop bistro
                    Test mart
                    Gun smoke

Psychological Hazards of Shisha Smoking

Thick smoke from a hookah

Youth used to be addicted to it in order to get relief from day to day issues related to them and the societal behavior towards them.

It effects their psychological, mental and physiological growth as well.

They become addicted to it. The large proportion among youth is the one who are neglected by their own families so they have no moral growth or moral values which teach them say no to these evils.

Sitting together with friends and having shisha is their most favorite activities. They do so in order to overcome their aggression, depression, inferiority complex and their socio-psyco problems.

Social Hazards of Shisha

Personal effects of smoking shisha may also be linked to a number of other unique and strange risks that are not associated completely with cigarette smoking. 
 Social personal effects of smoking shisha maybe linked to lung cancers with severe oral cancers, and a number of heart diseases and other strange serious illnesses in human beings who smoke them.
Such people are looked down upon by the society and are not readily accepted by the society as well.
People thing that such youth adopt the bad company and may victimize to other societal evils by the time.
This could also include factors such as peer pressure which means if an Individual belongs to a friends group where they aspire to be like their peers, and if your peer smokes shisha even if u don't want to try it or have tried it you force yourself and have it.

Health Hazards of Shisha

In compare with other narcotics like cigarettes, shisha is considered to be more injurious to health. It's found that smoking a shisha levels a four to five times higher than a cigarette. And 1 shisha is equivalent to almost 200 cigarettes.
These adverse health effects include increased risk of lung, oral and bladder cancer and heart disease. While studies of mainstream smoke from hookahs found that it contains similar amounts of nicotine, tar and heavy metals as other Tobacco products, some experts believe that hookah smoking increases exposure to toxic substances over other products. This is due in part to the way hookah smoking occurs in contrast to cigarette smoking. Hookah smokers use a water pipe over a much longer period of time, often 40-45 minutes, rather than the 5-10 minutes it takes to smoke cigarette.
 Another problem with hookah smoking is the commonly used heat sources that are applied to burn the tobacco, such as wood cinders or charcoal. These substances, when burned, release high  levels of potentially dangerous chemicals including carbon monoxide and metals. Some research  suggests that hookah smoke is therefore more  dangerous, as it contains smoke from the tobacco itself as well as smoke from the heat source used to burn the tobacco.

Shisha is 100 times worse than cigarettes:
 “An advisory note from the WHO says that smoking a hookah may expose the                                  smoker to more smoke over a longer period of time than occurs when smoking cigarettes.”
“Because smoking a hookah may take up to 80 minutes, the report suggests that the smoker is subjecting himself to as much smoke as somebody dragging on 100 cigarettes.”

Thursday, 13 September 2012

Shisha Historical Background

In Arab society, social smoking is done with a single hose. When the smoker is finished, either the hose is placed back on the table signifying that it is free, or it is handed from one user to the next, folded back on itself so that the mouthpiece does not point at the person receiving it. The receiver taps or slaps the giver on the back of the hand while taking it. In cafes and restaurants, however, it is common for each smoker to order an individual hookah.

ü  In Turkey, nargile is done on a social basis, usually in one's home with guests or in a cafe with friends.
ü  In bigger cities such as Istanbul, Ankara, Izmir, and Adana, restaurants may have dinner & nargile specials which includes meal, beverage (alcoholic/non-alcoholic),
ü  Use of the hookah has become popular in Israeli society at large where smoking is already a cultural norm. Hookahs can be found at some coffee houses, restaurants and more recently, at outdoor concerts and nightclubs.
ü  In Iran, the hookah is known as a ghalyun. It is similar in many ways to the Arabic hookah but has its own unique attributes. Use of water pipes in Iran can be traced in to the Qajar period.
ü  "Hookah bars" or cafes have been springing up throughout the United States, especially near college campuses. The use of hookahs is very popular among Muslim college students in America as well, especially those who do not drink. Hookah has become so popular, in fact, that some schools sponsor "Free H In Spain, the use of the hookah has been recently increasing in popularity hookah" events, notably University of California San Diego.
ü  Hookah smoking has also risen in popularity in Germany, particularly in Berlin, where many hookah bars exist due in part to a relatively large Turkish population.
ü  In Sweden, hookah smoking is on the rise.
ü  In South Africa, hookah, colloquially known as a 'hubbly bubbly,' is popular amongst the Cape Malay, Indian and Colored population, where it is smoked as a social past-time. Hookah bars are relatively uncommon, and smoking is normally done at home or in public spaces such as beaches and picnic sites.
ü  In Asia, particularly South and South East Asia the hookah is becoming better known, and cafes and restaurants that offer it as a consumable are popular. Although hookah use has been common for hundreds of years and enjoyed by people of all ages, it has just begun to become a youth-oriented pastime in Asia in recent times. Hookahs are most popular with college students and teenagers, who may be underage and thus unable to purchase cigarettes.