Many people think that smoking shisha is safer than smoking cigarettes. Smoking shisha is when a person inhales a fruit-scented tobacco mixture using a water pipe. This habit is very popular in Pakistan and in London, and those who smoke shisha say it’s an effective and safer alternative to illicit drugs
. But doctors have constantly warned that contrary to it being safe, shisha smoking is even more dangerous than smoking cigarettes.
A pipe of shisha is equivalent to 20 cigarettes worth of tar and nicotine, according to Dr. Javaid Khan of the University of Pakistan. It also has high levels of carbon monoxide, enough to cause loss of consciousness or brain damage. In a study conducted at the University of California, it was found out that smokers of shisha have twice the level of carbon monoxide than those who smoke cigarettes
Shisha also contains other substances yet to be dissected by those in the medical field. It becomes even more dangerous when mixed with dangerous drugs, alcohol, or psychoactive drugs.
Another unpleasant result of shisha is the spreading of infections like herpes and tuberculosis. When users share pipes with those who have contagious diseases, they will get the illnesses in the long run. TB, for example, can be easily passed on to supposedly healthy people by just having constant and prolonged contact with the same items of those infected with the disease. In short, shisha pipes become a conducive place for bacteria to set in, and most users do not even know about it.