There has been a huge reported increase in the number of establishments promoting the Turkish water pipe which is referred to by various names: Hubbly-bubbly, Hookah as well the Shisha pipe. With this growth in use, possibly due to the smoking ban in public places and the more social nature of sharing shisha pipes, the impression has also arisen that smoking in this way is in some way less harmful than the risks posed by smoking cigarettes.
The World Health Organisation (WHO) recently publicised that a session smoking a shisha pipe could be equivalent to smoking 100 cigarettes based on the volumes of smoke inhaled.
We have provided a range of links to resources that you may find helpful if you want to find out more about this. Haughton Thornley Medical Centres is always keen to work with our patients to help them to give up smoking (also called Smoking Cessation) and we have had a lot of success in this over recent years. Speak to your GP or Practice Nurse if you would like to find out how we can help you.
Public Awareness video by 3rd year medical student Robert McTear
The risks of Shisha smoking
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