originated in the Middle East, made from tobacco, honey or fruit. A hookah is a single or multi-stemmed instrument for vaporizing and smoking flavored tobacco called shisha
in which the vapor or smoke is passed through a water basin.
Hookah has gained popularity in North America, South America, Europe, Australia, Southeast Asia, Tanzania, and South Africa outside its native region, largely due to immigrants from the Levant, where it is especially popular, who introduce it to younger people.
Hookah is similar to the cigarettes. The health risks of smoking hookah include exposure to toxic chemicals that are not filtered out by the water and risk of infectious disease when hookahs are shared. When people share a hookah, there is a risk of spreading infections diseases.
Hookah smoke contains multiple toxic chemicals. Water does not filter out many of these chemicals. Hookah smoke contains toxic chemicals that come from the burning of the charcoal, tobacco, and flavorings. Hookah smokers inhale many chemicals that can cause cancer, heart disease, lung disease, and other health problems. Hookah smoking increases the amount of carbon monoxide (CO) in a person's body to eight times their normal level. Compared to smoking one cigarette, a single hookah session exposes users to more carbon dioxide and PAHs, similar levels of nicotine, and lower levels of tobacco-specific nitrosamines. Because of inhaling these chemicals, hookah smokers are at increased risk of many of the same health problems as cigarette smokers.
Many people especially young people think hookah do not have a harm to human body because of its taste, or much smaller than ordinary cigarette, as there is no scientific basis. Recommend people hookah smoking in moderation.