37% of residents in Qatar smoke shisha or cigarette; Call to ban shisha smoking in public
Second-hand tobacco smoke is injurious to health, and the same holds true for second-hand shisa smoke, health officials have warned.
According to a study by the Smoking Cessation Clinic of Hamad Medical Corporation (HMC), the air in a room where shisha is being smoked is 40 times more polluted than the air outside.
The research figures were shared on the sidelines of the second International Conference on Waterpipe Smoking organised by HMC, as reported by the Gulf Times. (Read the full report here.)
Other facts and figures that were revealed during the conference include:
- One session of shisha smoking is equivalent to smoking 50 cigarettes.
- Smoking is the primary cause for 40% of cardiovascular well as respiratory diseases in the world.
- 37% of residents in Qatar smoke shisha or cigarette.
- A common myth is that smoking through water filters all harmful elements such as nicotine. The truth is shisha contains non-filterable elements like tar as well.
In an earlier JustHere article, we carried a comparison of the toxin content between the two as below:
|Chemical||Shisha||Cigarette||ComparisonShisha to cigarette|
|Tar||802mg||22.3mg||36 times the tar|
|Nicotine||2.96mg||1.74 mg||1.7 times the nicotine|
|Carbon monoxide (CO)||145mg||17.3mg||8.4 times the CO|
Given the harmful effect shisha smoke has on non-smokers, health officials are stressing on the need of a law to ban shisha smoking in public.