Smoking A Water Pipe

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I am not a smoker. I grew up in a household of smokers and I always found the smell of cigarette smoke disgusting. So when I was diagnosed with sarcoidosis, stoping smoking was not an issue for me, but I know for a lot of others it is.

I heard of people switching to Water Pipe Smoking, a practice encouraged by some doctors. However, I came across an article on EurekAlert.org which says that new studies show it just as harmful as cigarette smoking.

Here is a copy of the article below:

Water pipe smoking has the same respiratory effects as smoking cigarettes

A new study published in the journal Respirology reveals that water pipe smoking, such as hookah or bong smoking, affects lung function and respiratory symptoms as much as cigarette smoking.

Most users of water pipes and many physicians believe that smoking through a water pipe filters out the toxic components of tobacco and is considerably less harmful than smoking cigarettes.

Led by Mohammad Hossein Boskabady, MD, PhD, of Mashhad University of Medical Sciences, researchers set out to compare lung function and respiratory symptoms among water pipe smokers, deep or normal inhalation cigarette smokers, and non-smokers.

Three groups of smokers, including 57 water pipe smokers, 30 deep inhalation cigarette smokers (S-DI), and 51 normal inhalation cigarette smokers (S-NI) were identified and studied. In addition, 44 non-smokers were studied as a control group.

A questionnaire was administered to assess the prevalence and severity of respiratory symptoms and lung function tests performed on smokers and control subjects using a spirometer.

Results showed an increased prevalence and severity of respiratory symptoms among water pipe smokers and cigarette smokers. Similar effects of water pipe smoking and deep inhalation cigarette smoking on respiratory status were found.

Wheezing was present in 23% of water pipe smokers, 30% in S-DI, and 21.6% in S-NI. Chest tightness was present in 36.8% of water pipe smokers, 40% in S-DI, and 29.4% in S-NI. Cough was present in 21% of water pipe smokers, 36.7% of S-DI, and 19.6% of S-NI. Wheezing, chest tightness, and cough only occurred in non-smokers 9.1%, 13.3% and 6.8% respectively.

“Our study is the first report regarding the importance of the method of cigarette smoke inhalation with respect to effects on the respiratory system,” Boskabady concludes. “Our findings reveal that there were profound effects of water pipe smoking on lung function values, which were similar to the effects observed in deep inhalation cigarette smokers.”

2 Comments Add yours

  1. You still get smoke through bongs and whatnot…but I wonder about the electronic vapor cigarettes. I would like to quit (again) and was thinking about getting a cheap electronic cig just for the oral fixation and nicotine withdrawal. I mean, to ease the transition, I guess.

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    1. Basil Rene says:

      I guess the vapors will still affect the lungs in some way or another. That’s my humble opinion. Sure there is going to be a study in that soon too …

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