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What you don’t know can KILL you!

“Guys, lets party and smoke water pipe (Hookah/Shisha) all night long”, I have heard this millions of times from my friends and every time I hear it, I am bombarding them with the lectures regarding how water pipe tobacco smoking can damage their organic machinery resulting in various health issues. Before I proceed with the “Water-Pipe Smoking Trend” in the society, let’s talk about what smoking is.

You may be the one welcoming your TRAGIC END yourself!

Smoking is a practice in which a substance, most commonly tobacco or cannabis, is burned and the smoke is tasted or inhaled. The combustion releases the active substances in drugs such as nicotine and makes them available for absorption through the lungs. The most common method of smoking today is through cigarettes, primarily industrially manufactured but also hand-rolled from loose tobacco and rolling paper. Other smoking implements include pipes, cigars, hookahs, vaporizers and bongs. The water pipe smoking is ensuring the progress in health problems occupying the society with the fast-paced time. Our youth is naïve, they would be attracted and lured by everything that comes their way with charm, trend, addiction and especially they would do anything to look “COOL” – this “COOL” primarily is the major route to our youth’s devastation. A very important issue that should be regarded here along with SMOKING is the problem of “IMITATION” in youth – the blind following of the customs and traditions of the modern society in no way guarantees the prosperity and development. One needs to think and ponder over the actions before making an attempt. This blessing referred as the “capability to THINK” makes us the best on the planet but if we don’t utilize the given blessing then we are unquestionably violating the system and choice of Nature.

We all are very well-aware of how water pipe tobacco smoking can be more dangerous and harmful than smoking cigarettes and if that was never highlighted to you before, then here you go with the CAPS: WATER PIPE TOBACCO SMOKING CAN BE POSSIBLY MORE DANGEROUS THAN SMOKING CIGARETTES. This in no way indicates that I encourage smoking cigarettes but those “WANNA-BEES” who think that flavored tobacco is incredibly intoxicating and harmless then it is time for the high alert because their assumptions need to be upgraded to the ground reality.

 A water pipe consists of a smoke chamber, a bowl, a pipe and a hose. Specially made tobacco is heated, and the smoke passes through water and is then drawn through a rubber hose to a mouthpiece. The tobacco is no less toxic in the water pipe, and the water in the hookah does not filter out the toxic ingredients in the tobacco smoke. Water pipe tobacco smokers may actually inhale more tobacco smoke than cigarette smokers do because of the large volume of smoke they inhale in one smoking session, which can last as long as 60 minutes.

While research about water pipe smoking is still emerging, evidence shows that it poses many dangers:

1)       Water Pipe Tobacco smoke contains high levels of toxic compounds, including tar, carbon monoxide, heavy metals and cancer-causing chemicals (carcinogens). In fact, water pipe smokers are exposed to more carbon monoxide and smoke than are cigarette smokers.

2)       As with cigarette smoking, water pipe tobacco smoking is linked to lung and oral cancers, heart disease, and other serious illnesses.

3)       Water pipe tobacco smoking delivers about the same amount of nicotine as cigarette smoking, possibly leading to tobacco dependence.

4)       Water pipe smoke poses dangers associated with secondhand smoke.

5)       Water pipe smoking by pregnant women can result in low birth weight babies.

6)       Water pipes used in bars and cafes may not be cleaned properly, risking the spread of infectious diseases.

Say “NO” to TOBACCO!

Do you know that a typical water pipe session can last up to an hour; a person can inhale as much smoke in one water pipe smoking session as is contained in 100 to 200 cigarettes. This is an alarm for the wake-up call; everything necessarily doesn’t turn out to be as pleasant as its impression throughout. Many find water pipe tobacco more appealing than cigarettes because of its sweet flavors but the sweet flavored tobacco in no means is a safe alternative to cigarettes as a WHO report revealed that a person smoking a water pipe takes in deeper and longer puffs of smoke than a person smoking a cigarette. Another misconception regarding water pipe is how water in the pipe is capable of filtering the toxic chemicals in the hookah instead  the WHO report stated that the charcoal burnt in hookah smoking contains additional dangerous substances, like carbon monoxide and various metals, that are not filtered out by the water in the pipe. In simple words, what you don’t know can kill you regardless of the sophistication of the modern world where information travels at the lightning pace.

 Download/View the following PDF file to look up for the report prepared by WHO regarding Water Pipe Tobacco Smoking.

 WHO Study Group On Tobacco Product Regulation

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About globalunison

Writing is my passion and that is what I do here on this blog. I write about everything, whether it be Nature, Love, Hate, Relationships, Humans, Personal Life (where I discuss lessons learnt through real-life experiences), Food, Philosophy (sometimes) and much more. I write in any form whether it be Prose or Poetry. I am in search of ‘Myself’, hence there is not much I can tell you about me. Perhaps, I have a very brilliant idea. Why don’t you come along with me on my journey? I will always care to share and you can also enjoy the ride. For now, this is it. I am ‘ME’ – a wanderer in search of a fulfilling life. Until next time, Love Living Life! I express my sincere gratitude to all my Readers! -Naima

77 responses to “What you don’t know can KILL you!

  1. So much needed post to stop this evil , It’s been spreading fast to ruin teens lives…Thanks to write !

  2. Pieces

    Good work Girl! 🙂

  3. Umair ⋅

    Ahhh this is damn awesoem sis yaar u r very awesome and very informative u can write on every topic u are very talented may god blessed u this article is very good and straight to the point and i think after reading this articles the chain smoker will be saying this !!!!THEY QUIT SHEESHA OR SMOKING !!!
    NICE PIECE OF WORK

  4. i agree….as always i love your writing 🙂
    much love,
    Sly

  5. qiquan

    You are right It is not about the smoking for a lot of people, it is about to do something we have never done once in a lifetime, and sometimes we did it once, but later we want to show how profession we can be by doing more…I think sometimes it is a mental issue, than habit =). I have been living in Amsterdam for 5 years, the famous cannabis city in Europe, but I did not like the smell from the first second and I never want to touch it.

    kc

    • Yeah, I agree. Showing off is a major problem of our society! By the way, hats off to you for resisting yourself living in a place like Amsterdam! Personally, I have hated the smell from the day one too – thank GOD for that.
      Thank you for your feedback!
      Much love,
      -Naima.

  6. Awareness

    I was not even aware of this trend. Thanks for this important post.

  7. Prashant

    a wonderful post ! this is what our generation has to look forward – we aren’t the techno frenzy generation – but the new sense one.

    wrote something similar… might have already checked !

    http://justspokenthoughts.wordpress.com/2012/07/28/prescribed-optimism/

  8. artzent

    this is the first time that I have heard of it but I sure don’t want anything to do with it!

    • I am actually stunned hearing that how people have heard it for the first time but then again may be it is exciting and enthralling for the teens and a major flow in deviating their young brains. Thank you your feedback as always June.
      Love ya loads,
      -Naima.

  9. mindsurfer1 ⋅

    If smoking was good for you our lungs would be flammable.

    • Ummm.. No comments! Lol. You prefer to stay in the world of FICTION forever – a robotic man with flammable lungs! Duh Crankyy!!
      Anyway, always love to hear from you.
      Much love,
      -Naima.

  10. OMG! This must be a very relevant informative share for me. I have tried this hookah for more than 3 times with friends. It was all because of the strange idea given by my pals that the smoking doesn’t harm your health anyway, but It’s just a TENSION relaxer or mind blowing initiator only. When I smoked it for the first time, felt some refreshment inside my brain as well as internal organs for a while. It can be comparable with the intake of POLO mint feel.I didn’t felt anything in particular after taking it inn and my pals provoked and taught me the way of smoking in a studious way. But I’m still safe from the addiction or tendency for smoking after all this happened. Not only smoking, intake of kinda KICK-UP makers though. Still a “??” is there infront of me for which, I didn’t get a compatible response from anyone yet! The query is:
    What actually is the enticement behind smoking and drinking??
    Anyway, thanks a-lot for such a frisky piece as usual buddy gal.\m/ 🙂

    Rahul

    • You have answered your query yourself Rahul in the beginning of the comment. According to you, you felt good after smoking HOOKAH (water pipe) and as quoting your words:
      “When I smoked it for the first time, felt some refreshment inside my brain as well as internal organs for a while. It can be comparable with the intake of POLO mint feel.”
      Look, the enticement or the addiction part comes from here, they provide you with satisfaction and refreshment regardless of how badly are they responsible for corroding your internal organs!!
      In any way, even the drugs are so harmful but why do the people find relief from pain, agony and tension. It is all that such things numb your nervous system that is why the deaths are caused by brain hamrage or the internal bleeding of brain due to the intake of such drugs!
      Thank you for your valued feedback.
      Much love,
      -Naima.

      • Yup Naima! I just mentioned what I felt after taking this unhealthy stuff. But I don’t know, why people usually gets addicted to this, at least for relieving some kind of pleasure. I have told you know? For me, it’s something which can be comparable with a POLO mint feel ONLY. A POLO just costs 5 bucks, but this HOOKAH cost 450 bucks/40 minutes for a room in Kerala. And as you said, most of the HOOKAH users are TEENS or adults of 20-30 ages. That doesn’t serves me any LOGIC dear. Drug usage is nothing more than a time and money sparing task according to my views. :/ 😛

        Love to you too,
        Rahul

      • Yeah, you are wise to control yourself and act with the help of alert senses! May loses them the very same day they attempt these crappy things!!
        Have a good weekend!
        -Naima.

  11. Well written Naima. I was a smoker for 40 years. I’m proud to say I haven’t smoker for 4. Granted I stopped because I got sick. But stopping has made a difference in my life.

    Your message is a very good one.

    • Wow! It must have taken whole a lot of an effort to quit it especially when ya are addicted to it for 40 years! You really are an incredible lady, Kim!!
      Have a very good life ahead!
      -Naima.

  12. A brilliant post Naima – I lost both my parents to cancer because of smoking. My mother died from lung cancer at 58. Maybe you should follow this article up with one about the effects of lung/mouth/throat cancer. It is truly harrowing to see.
    🙂
    x

  13. Renard Moreau ⋅

    [ Smiles ] This is a great article, Naima; I enjoy it a lot.

    I genuinely hope that your readers gather the seriousness of your message.

    • Hey Renard! You are the inspiration! I feel you really were taking health seriously so I thought of writing about this very modern yet absurd trend!!
      Thank you for always being in the spot light – you give me plenty of topics to blog about.
      Blessings,
      -Naima.

  14. Balu ⋅

    I can see the hell through the Hookah’s pipe 🙂 Thanks for sharing this naima.

  15. Well written and concise. Smoking is a serious problem for people of all ages. In my town we have many Hookah bars and I can see the attraction, if I were a teen or twentysomething I would be lured too.
    As a former cigarette smoker who was addicted I can tell you that quitting was one of the hardest things I’ve ever done. I am also quite proud of doing it–that was 7 years ago.
    It is so much easier never to start…
    Thanks for bringing more well deserved attention to this. 🙂

    • Oh my my! I am sure how difficult it can be to give up on smoking!! But after all, dedicated and enthusiastic souls like you can succeed too with ultimate devotion and dedication!! Thank you for the feedback and for dropping by.
      Much love,
      -Naima.

  16. Excellent post! I can see you put a lot into this important subject and I know it is helping others make the right choice. Just say No! I really appreciate the love you put into this article. Thank you so much Naima.
    Blessings, Gina

  17. swashbuckler2 ⋅

    an eye opener…

  18. Belsim ⋅

    If I may, I will give you a little help! There is something that people doesn’t know about cigarettes and this is the fact that every plant has its own vibration, able to connect you to different dimensions. This means that some of the plants you are consuming its burning essence (fire is always an atribute of connections) will connect you with the specific entities of its vibrational dimmension. That;s why the church said that the tabbaco is the hearb of Evil and so on, only because is has a low vibration. You cannot heal any open wound by adding tabbaco on top, for example.
    Smoking, as drinking as well, in the old past of humanity, had a certain purpose, a spiritual one for connecting the spirit with other worlds.
    Thank you Naima for sustaining this “campaign”!

  19. Tatsat

    That is a very informative post Naima. Keep it up 🙂
    This certainly is eating out our societies from within and must be checked. A young lady like yourself is taking initiative and is doing her part- that is heartening. Really well written…

    • Thank you so much..
      I am glad you liked it and of course all I feel is that this increasing evil activities should be addressed and stopped in their places – all they are doing is harm to the humanity.
      Thank you for the feedback.
      -Naima.

  20. Thank you for an informative article. I have never smoked, but recognise how destructive smoking can be.

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  23. isaac976

    I see you are against smoking as well ! THUMBS UP, did you see my previous post on the smoking campaign ? pretty cool right?
    Have a good week ahead Naima

    -Isaac

  24. Hi Naima,
    I was busy with accepting awards yesterday and you are my 3rd commenter so you are being honored with The Readers Appreciation Award http://wp.me/p28tjX-sH Thank you for being a loyal friend.
    Hugs,
    Kim

  25. Very informative, Naima….I like how you did your homework for this. You are a smart, smart girl, on top of all that love and sweetness in you….. 🙂 Thank you for bringing awareness to a dangerous subject…..
    Celeste

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  27. I am so lucky. None of my family even smoked and my grown children don’t either.
    I won’t let it in my house.
    Unfortunately 2nd hand smoke is also dangerous. I can avoid it. But I feel sorry for children or others who have no way of escaping from it.

  28. Informative and useful post. Hope people who think smoking is ‘cool’ will read and realise how ‘uncool’ it really is – in every sense of that word. Thank you Naima, good one – Eric

    P/s Now that you’ve rescued my earlier comment from ‘spam’ – all future comments should come through – I hope.

    • Well, answering your “PS” first then YES! Thank you for the comments.
      You are so right, I wonder if someday those wannabees can really realize how UNCOOL it is to smoke as it continues to damage your organic machinery!!
      Thank you for adding your words to support the case.
      -Naima.

  29. Something which guys call chilling is actually burning their insides… :/ Having been from Arabia, I know people addicted to it, and used to be a frequent smoker of it :/

    • I can not agree more with you on your comment!! You ‘re absolutely right – people can’t get a life out of this addiction and this really is nonsense!!
      Thank you for your comment.
      -Naima.

  30. preety92 ⋅

    Well written! I enjoyed it a lot! 🙂

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