Navigation Links
Ban on Hookah Smoking Should Stay, Argue Doctors

Campaigners are trying to get hookah smoking exempted from Englands smoking ban for cultural reasons. Despite there being little research into the health effects , doctors writing in this weeks BMJ say the ban should stay in place.

A hookah is a glass based waterpipe used for smoking. It is commonly used in Arabic communities for smoking herbal fruits after meals, but it is becoming increasingly popular among young adults in Western Europe for smoking tobacco, massel (aromatic tobacco), cannabis and bango (an intoxicating plant leaf), write Dr Rashid Gatrad and colleagues.

It is thought that around 100 million people use a hookah daily worldwide. Reports suggest that family attitudes towards children smoking tobacco in waterpipes are far more permissive than attitudes to cigarette smoking.

There has been little research into the health effects of waterpipe smoking, but data show that rising numbers of children in the UK are being exposed to and experimenting with smoking hookah products, write the authors. Children as young as 10 years old are known to smoke fruit flavoured aromatic tobacco in areas with large minority ethnic communities such as Leicester and London.

The nicotine content in hookah tobacco seems to be the same as in cigarettes, but the authors warn that hookah smoking carries a greater risk of carbon monoxide poisoning than cigarette smoking, particularly if smaller hookah pipes and quick lighting commercial charcoal are used. There is also some evidence that hookah smoking causes chromosomal damage.

When used for smoking tobacco, the hookah is included in the legislation that came into force in England on 1 July 2007 banning smoking in public places.

The authors believe that including the hookah in the legislation is appropriate since the exposure of non-smokers to tobacco fumes is considerably higher than for cigarette smoking because of the large plume of smoke tha t the hookah generates.

However, it remains to be seen what effect the legislation will have on smoking non-tobacco containing products that still generate a large amount of smoke, they conclude.

A separate review article also published in this weeks BMJ highlights the importance of helping patients to stop smoking as young as possible. It points to evidence that, beyond 40, people lose three months of life expectancy for every further year of smoking.


'"/>




Related medicine news :

1. Hookah And The Gums: A Dangerous Mix
2. Hooked on the Hookah, a’int no good
3. Cigarette, Pipe or the Hookah , Equally Bad to Make You Go Up in Smoke !
4. Islamabad Bans Hookah Smoking in Public Places
5. Hookah Could Be as Harmful as Cigarettes
6. New hope on the Horizon for People Wishing to Quit Smoking
7. Cancers of Colon & Rectum linked to Cigarette Smoking
8. Smoking a greater risk than HIV? Yes say health experts!!!!
9. Kick Smoking with Nicotine Drink
10. Smoking spreads Cancer
11. Prescription Drug - Helps People Stop Smoking
Post Your Comments:
*Name:
*Comment:
*Email:


(Date:10/12/2017)... Bethesda, MD (PRWEB) , ... October 12, 2017 , ... ... Award of Excellence to Carol Friedman, PhD, FACMI, during the Opening Session of AMIA’s ... 4 – 8. , In honor of Morris F. Collen, a pioneer in the ...
(Date:10/12/2017)... Rockville, Maryland (PRWEB) , ... October 12, 2017 ... ... a magnetic drug delivery system that we intend to develop to enable prevention ... regimens can lead to severe hearing loss, especially in pediatric patients. For cisplatin, ...
(Date:10/12/2017)... ... October 12, 2017 , ... HMP , a leader in healthcare events ... Magazine Eddie Digital Award for ‘Best B-to-B Healthcare Website.’ Winners were announced during the ... The annual award competition recognizes editorial and design excellence across a range of sectors. ...
(Date:10/12/2017)... (PRWEB) , ... October 12, 2017 , ... On Saturday, ... a treadmill relay – Miles by Moonlight to raise money for the American Heart ... or more. , Teams will work together to keep their treadmills moving for ...
(Date:10/12/2017)... ... October 12, 2017 , ... Health Literacy Innovations (HLI), ... software tool, and the Cancer Patient Education Network (CPEN), an independent professional organization ... a new strategic alliance. , As CPEN’s strategic partner, HLI will help ...
Breaking Medicine News(10 mins):
(Date:10/2/2017)... 2017 Diplomat Pharmacy, Inc. (NYSE: ... Consulting, LLC , and named its founder as Diplomat,s ... Tennessee , will operate under Diplomat ... service offerings for health care partners to include IT ... "In an interoperable world, technology delivers comprehensive ...
(Date:10/2/2017)... PHILADELPHIA , Oct. 2, 2017 Halo Labs announces ... particle analysis system called the HORIZON at MIBio 2017 in ... analyzes subvisible and visible particulate matter in biopharmaceutical samples with unprecedented ... use of the novel technique Backgrounded Membrane Imaging. ... The HORIZON subvisible particle analysis system ...
(Date:9/28/2017)... Sept. 28, 2017 Cohen Veterans Bioscience and ... use of wearable and home sensors for real-time monitoring ... Signal Foundation, a nonprofit organization focused on disruptive health ... an affordable analytical system to record and integrate behavioral, ... ...
Breaking Medicine Technology: