In traditional hookahs
, smokers burn charcoal on top of a tobacco preparation known as ma'ssel, a mixture of tobacco, glycerin, water, and flavourings.
Schaumburg officials last year learned the hard way about a danger to hookah
lounges they hadn't previously considered: carbon monoxide poisoning.
Information on current use (>1 day in the past 30 days) was collected for the following tobacco products: cigarettes, cigars (cigars, cigarillos, or little cigars), smokeless tobacco products (chewing tobacco, snuff, dip, snus, or dissolvable tobacco products), e-cigarettes, hookahs
(water pipes used to smoke tobacco), pipe tobacco, and bidis (small imported cigarettes wrapped in a leaf).
According to a police spokesman, raids were conducted on the godowns and huge quantity of shisha flavours, hookahs
, gutka and other items were recovered.
Dolores Albarracin, Ph.D., from the University of Illinois at Urbana Champaign, and colleagues recruited 350 young adults who viewed one of four highly viewed YouTube videos containing misleading health statements about chewing tobacco, e-cigarettes, hookahs
, and pipe smoking and also a control YouTube video not related to tobacco products.
Bankers, infrastructure workers, house or parking attendants, self-employed workers, cleaners, employees, and others from different professions, all heavily smoke cigarettes or hookah
during the day, mentally depending on these products to cope with the pressures of their lives, problems, and boring routines.
"Today, the Deputy Minister of Public Health Svetlana Yordanova, experts from the National Center for Public Health and Analyzers discussed the available scientific evidence regarding the health risks and the health consequences of smoking hookahs
.The information will be used in the development of the work by the group and in view of the proposals made, the Ministry of Health is ready to proceed with a legislative initiative regarding the regulation and control over the use of hookahs
and herbal products for smoking.
A meta-analysis--a mathematical summary of previously published data--led by the University of Pittsburgh (Pa.) School of Medicine shows that hookah
smokers are inhaling a large load of toxicants.
The research team reviewed 542 scientific articles potentially relevant to cigarette and hookah
smoking and ultimately narrowed them down to 17 studies that included sufficient data to extract reliable estimates on toxicants inhaled when smoking cigarettes or hookahs
"Individual studies have reported different estimates for inhaled toxicants from cigarettes or hookahs
, which made it hard to know exactly what to report to policy makers or in educational materials," said co-author and expert in meta-analysis Smita Nayak, M.D., research scientist at the Swedish Center for Clinical Research and Innovation.
The seized hookahs
will be destroyed later, Al Mansouri said.