Shisha Facts (Hookah)

In Africa, Hookah/shisha is gaining popularity among the youth.People who smoke shisha suffer effects of nicotine and high carbon monoxide levels, which are 10 times higher than those who smoke ordinary cigarettes.

While many hookah smokers may think this practice is less harmful than smoking cigarettes, hookah smoking has many of the same health risks as cigarette smoking.
A 45 minutes shisha session delivers 36 times more tar, 8.4 times more carbon monoxide and 1.8 times more nicotine than a single cigarette.

A 55-minute shisha session produces over 400 times more cobalt, over 100 times more lead, and almost 60 times more nickel than one cigarette.

Hookah smokers may be at risk for some of the same diseases as cigarette smokers. These include:

  • Oral cancer
  • Lung cancer
  • Stomach cancer
  • Cancer of the esophagus
  • Reduced lung function
  • Decreased fertility



People have died from tobacco-related diseases in Africa since the opening of the first FCTC working group on 28 October 1999.

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