Jul 8, 2014, 7:39 PM
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Hookah more harmful than cigarette

Tehran, July 8, IRNA -- Repeated use of hookah increases the risk of smoking cigarettes and even addiction, warned deputy head of Tobacco Prevention and Control Research Center.

Wednesday edition of the English language newspaper quoted Zahra Hessami as saying that since the smoke from hookah is the outcome of burning tobacco which is between 25 and 30 grams, the hookah user inhales a huge volume of smoke.

While the smoke produced by hookah for the first time is 90,000 cc, she said, it is 50 cc in one cigarette.

The deadly and cancer-causing chemicals found in cigarette smoke include carbon monoxide and nicotine which are also found in hookah smoke, she said.

According to research, hookah is highly addictive, she added. After becoming acquainted with hookah as a pleasure, youth and youngsters particularly girls take up smoking, she said.

In addition, cancer and cardiovascular diseases rise with the use of hookah and inhaling its smoke, she added.

She continued that the amount of carbon monoxide from hookah smoke is much higher than that of cigarette.

Carbon monoxide reduces oxygen supply to all organs, involves lungs and hearts, and causes probable problems such as breathlessness, cardiovascular diseases, and early fatigue, she said.

Families, youth, and youngsters should know that using hookah is not a pleasure, she said. It is very harmful and dangerous, she added.

Less study has been conducted on hookah in recent years, while its consumption has increased in Eastern Mediterranean region including Iran, she concluded.