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Is a shisha or water pipe harmful?

This question answers itself by itself as tobacco is burned, vaporized. The resulting damage is absorbed through the smoke and can therefore also lead to diseases. Thus the question does not arise whether smoking a shisha or water pipe is harmful, but rather how harmful is smoking?

Shisha tobacco vs. cigarette tobacco

The best would be one would have exact measurements which there are probably also or the one which measures will receive depending upon test setup the result which he would like to have. So let's take a logical approach to the question of the harmfulness of shisha tobacco.

The tobacco

Every tobacco contains harmful substances that can damage the lungs during combustion or evaporation. The smoke of 1g of tobacco contains therefore first of all exactly as many pollutants, no matter what the product is called later. Whether water pipe tobacco or rotary tobacco.

The smoking method

Here one can say that cigarettes are much easier to consume, so the frequency of smoking is much higher than with the Shisha. On the other hand, the amount of tobacco in cigarettes is much lower. Shisha tobacco can be inhaled much deeper due to its composition and molasses or glycerine than when smoking a cigarette - the smoke is simply less scratchy - and if the shisha tobacco scratches then you have done something wrong or caught bad tobacco. Deep inhalation is generally worse as the lungs become more deeply damaged.

Shisha tobacco more harmful than cigarettes?

You can't say that for good. The dose always makes the difference. Too much tobacco is generally bad. Shisha tobacco is certainly more of an entry-level drug than cigarettes, especially as the coolness factor is added.

What does the scientist say?

Research has shown that a "session" with the oriental water pipe, colloquially also called Shisha or Schischa, which lasts about 45 minutes, releases even more tar and carbon monoxide into the human body than a whole pack of cigarettes (it would be nice to know how much tobacco was smoked and how many cigarettes the pack should contain, but ...). In order to judge this one must look the structure of the investigation more exactly, since with the burn of the tobacco - which does not take place with the Shisha smoking - naturally in the equiqualent to the tobacco portion pollutants accumulate. Thus it is not difficult to challenge the study, because one of the basic principles of water pipe smoking was completely ignored: The Shisha tobacco is never heated to such high temperatures, as it was the case in this study (600-650 degrees Celsius), but when smoking a water pipe the tobacco is not burned, but heated on 100 to 150 degrees. Since the carcinogenic potential and the toxin content of tobacco increase dramatically with increasing temperature, this could have distorted the results, which suggest a strong health-endangering effect, just in this direction. Furthermore, inaccurate or even roughly estimated filter properties were assumed since no scientific results on the tar filter behaviour of an oriental shisha were yet available.

Is shisha smoking more harmful than cigarettes smoking?

The mass media nowadays often suggest that smoking an oriental water pipe could be much more harmful to health than smoking cigarettes. Research has shown that a "session" with the Oriental water pipe, commonly known as shisha, which lasts about 45 minutes, releases even more tar and carbon monoxide into the human body than a whole pack of cigarettes. Challenging this study is not difficult because one of the basic principles of water pipe smoking has been completely ignored: The shisha tobacco is never heated to such high temperatures as it was in this study (600-650 degrees Celsius), but when smoking a water pipe the tobacco is not burned, but heated to 100 to 150 degrees. Since the carcinogenic potential and the toxin content of tobacco increase dramatically with increasing temperature, this could have distorted the results, which suggest a strong health-endangering effect, just in this direction. Furthermore inaccurate or even roughly estimated filter characteristics were assumed, since no scientific results to the tar filter behavior of an oriental water pipe were present yet. Even if these research results came off under relatively dubious conditions, one must admit nevertheless that Schischatabak contains health-endangering substances and, if one enjoys it in the quantity, in which a strong smoker consumes its cigarettes, with security cancer-causing effect to itself can pull can. There is shisha tobacco, which is said to contain 0.0% tar - that may be, but the tar is only produced when the tobacco is heated or burned. The amount of carbon monoxide produced when smoking shisha also depends on the amount of coal used. However, there are no conclusive studies yet which coal produces how much carbon monoxide, this would be a point at which one could start as a health-conscious ski smoker.

Softening agent in the water pipe

We regularly receive horror reports from the toy industry. Klimmt, the cowboy, Lazar, the dark elf, Kippl, the trough filler, most of which come from the large Chinese factories on the Yangtze and Mekong, where they are carved with lifeblood, hand sweat and children's tears with chemical hammers and chisels made of coarse plastic substitute, make headlines because of their dubious composition. Especially the buzzword softener, which at first glance looks like domestic politicians with lax law-and-order ideas and cuddly pedagogy, dominates the headlines in this context. These materials can be found in many possible areas, whether paints, adhesives or the shaping matrix. Of course, mere contact with the hand is not so alarming, but the great book of everyday knowledge of every young family rightly subsumes every toy, whether doll, dump truck, building block or squeaky duck, under the term of the chewing bone for the canid-like offspring. Not only in toys there can be softeners, but very few objects for adults, power cables and the like are designed to be eaten, inhaled or chewed, so it is all the more important to be careful with these objects, which mean oral consumption of some kind. Some Shisha accessories can fall under this category. Cheap NoName tobacco can be mixed with plasticizers similar to a flavoring agent, also with the Shisha hose one should pay attention to quality and not choose for example an aquarium hose or something from the technology kit as a replacement. Instructions for building your own shishas are generally questionable, as the suggested auxiliary components have often not been tested to see whether they release harmful substances that can be inhaled. Since the individual parts are naturally exposed to heat and/or humidity when shisha smoking, this danger is particularly large, also with materials, which are harmless with bare contact, one thinks only times of the pollutants, which can be released by burning rubber or dissolving lead-containing colors or similar. Who wants to have really joy with his oriental water pipe, buys best only Shishas and high-quality components with specialist dealers (also holiday souvenirs should be enjoyed with caution) and remains with the well-known brand tobaccos of Nakhla, Serbetli or Hayyam.

Result on health issues

It is always a pity if research is not carried out seriously, because a clean experimental setup also produces good results and everyone would benefit from that. This assessment has little to do with my own attitude to the subject, but who can benefit from a study that ignores the question? From my point of view the question whether Shisha tobacco contains harmful substances is answered with "yes" and if you enjoy it in the quantity in which a heavy smoker consumes his cigarettes, you can certainly have a carcinogenic effect. There is shisha tobacco, which is said to contain 0.0% tar - that may be, but the tar is only produced when the tobacco is heated or burned. We hope that there will soon be better studies based on reputable structures and data. The amount of carbon monoxide produced by smoking shisha also depends on the amount of coal used. However, there are no conclusive studies yet which shisha coal produces how much carbon monoxide, this would be a point at which one could start as a health-conscious shisha smoker.
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