Shisha smokers in the UAE are increasing substantially
19 November 2018| Last updated on 19 November 2018
Shisha or Hookah or Bubbles are available practically anywhere in the UAE
And this easy availability is increasing the number of Shisha addicts in the UAE.
Experts on the matter are recording a rising number of UAE residents who are becoming hooked on hookah in the country.
Stating that over the past couple of years, there has been a substantial increase in residents who claim to be addicted to the flavoured smoking habit.
And addiction experts are noticing more and more residents who are attempting to get rid of their smoking habits in the UAE.
While a lot of them are also unaware that smoking shisha is worse than smoking cigarettes.
A part of the routine
Many residents claim that the easy readiness of shisha in the UAE has made it easier to integrate into their daily routines.
And once inhaled, hookah has "relaxing effects" on their body in comparison to finding areas to smoke cigarettes, which can get frustrating.
Residents seem to indulge in the flavoured smoking mechanism and often forget that a 1-hour smoking session of shisha is equivalent to smoking a 100 cigarettes.
While some may regard shisha as an indulgent past-time activity, others begin to develop serious cravings and can smoke shisha up to 4 times a day.
Dangers of Shisha
A 2016 research done by New York University in Abu Dhabi, studied the adverse effects that shisha has on smokers and non-smokers around them.
It found that those who smoke shisha at home, are putting those who don’t smoke around them at a high risk of getting ill.
This was because of the Carbon monoxide levels that were tested in the room – was found to be 5 times higher than those of cigarette smoke.
And the rooms near the main smoking room had 4 times more carbon monoxide than those near the cigarette room.
The side effects of long-time shisha smoking in the UAE has been found to include the following:
- Possible Seizures
- Respiratory problems
- Breathing and circulation problems