I bet you don't know all there is to know about shisha!
1. Shisha is not safer than smoking cigarettes
Many people believe that smoking shisha is safer than smoking cigarettes. This is wrong. Shisha smoke contains the same chemicals found in cigarette smoke, including tar, nicotine and carbon monoxide. There are also other cancer-causing chemicals similar to cigarettes.
2. Just because it's fruit flavoured…
…doesn’t mean it’s healthy. It’s still tobacco smoke!
3. Even if it is herbal shisha…
…it is not safer than tobacco shisha. Both types of shisha are smoked by burning charcoal and inhaling the smoke. This smoke includes carbon monoxide and benzene, which are both toxic chemicals and are very bad for your health.
4. Shisha can be addictive
Most shisha smokers believe that they can’t get addicted to shisha. Although most shisha smokers tend to use shisha less often than people who smoke cigarettes every day, it is still possible to get addicted, depending on how often people smoke it. Shisha tobacco contains nicotine just like cigarettes do, so it can become addictive too.
5. Risk of Shisha explained
Research has shown that levels of carbon monoxide for shisha smoke are 35 times higher than cigarette smoke. It also contains higher levels of other toxic or cancer causing chemicals.
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