Rabat - New study from San Diego State University has found that smoking Shisha also known as Hookah, Narghile or waterpipe, could lead to an increase in cases of Leukemia.
Rabat – New study from San Diego State University has found that smoking Shisha also known as Hookah, Narghile or waterpipe, could lead to an increase in cases of Leukemia.
The study has found that Shisha, a type of favored tobacco, contains toxin benzene, which has been linked to an increased risk for Leukemia and other types of deadly cancers.
Benzene is a toxic element found in tobacco that it’s been proven to cause cancer to humans.
The study, published in Cancer Epidemiology, Biomarkers & Prevention, a journal of the American Association for Cancer Research, analyzed levels of S-phenylmercapturic, a byproduct of benzene, from urine samples of 105 Shisha smokers and 103 nonsmokers exposed to smoke from the water pipes.
Researchers found that SPMA levels were four times higher than normal in Shisha smokers and 2.6 times higher than normal among those who were exposed to the fumes but did not smoke.
“Non-smokers who socialize with hookah [Shisha] smokers also inhale large quantities of charcoal combustion-generated toxic and carcinogenic emission,” Study author Nada Kassem said.
She added that “in contrast to what is believed hookah tobacco is not a safe alternative to smoking other forms of tobacco.”
Studies estimate that one Shisha session can be the equivalent of smoking from 10 to 40 cigarettes. A single session delivers 1.7 times the nicotine, 6.5 times the carbon monoxide and 46.4 the tar of a single cigarette.
“Our results call for interventions to reduce or prevent hookah tobacco use, regulatory action to limit hookah-related exposure to toxicants including benzene, and include hookah smoking in clean indoor air legislation,” added Kassem.