Hookah tastes good, why? It makes you feel macho. You can show off in front of your peers by making smoke rings. For some, it is a source of pure entertainment, while for others it might be a substitute of smoking. It is generally believed that smoking hookah is less toxic than cigarette– a false claim that made many succumb.
But we have bad news for both, particularly those cool dudes who think they look like Humphrey Bogart while smoking. Whether for pleasure or for smoking alternative, Hookah is bad. Scratch that. Hookah is dangerous.
Both smoking and hookah thrill but kill, not to mention increase doctor bills.
A new prospective study by Kecioren Training and Research Hospital, Turkey aims to shed scientific evidence to justify these wise words. According to them, hookah smoking can cause severe carbon monoxide intoxication which can lead to premature, erratic or both increased and decreased heart beats at different times.
They involved 33 healthy volunteers from a hookah café for the study and recorded their vital signs, carboxyhaemoglobin levels and heart beat by ECG before and after smoking for 30 minutes.
The researchers found that carboxyhaemoglobin, carbon monoxide in red blood cells, had increased from 1.3% to at least 23% and in some cases, it was as high as 44% which is comparable to severe acute CO intoxication. In addition, their blood pressure was also elevated to abnormal levels.
The scientists say that other things happen to the body besides carboxyhaemoglobin intoxication but further studies are required to findwhether there is a direct link between hookah smoking and carboxyhaemoglobin.
Skipping heart beats and increasing your blood pressure for no apparent reason is not so manly after all. To live old without the help of doctors, let go of all smokes and nasty things.