Smoking shisha has become a trend for the young, and is a common sight witnessed in the coastal city of Jeddah. Indoor and outdoor cafés, restaurants, and coffee shops overlooking the beautiful Red Sea overflow with customers, who have shisha pipes by their table, and are happily puffing smoke.
It is not unusual to find a woman’s face behind the cloud of grey smoke or to find young children sitting right beside smoking parents. It has been estimated that half of all smokers will die from smoking related illnesses.
Many people believe that smoking shisha is a safe alternative to smoking. Little, do they realize that smoking shisha is more dangerous than having a cigarette.
Worldwide, 6 million smokers die each year as a result of smoking and the number is expected to climb upto eight million by the year 2030. Smokers have a 30 percent higher chance of developing cancer, heart disease, and kidney failure than non-smokers. People who smoke shisha also suffer from high carbon monoxide level. And, high levels of carbon monoxide can lead to brain damage and unconsciousness.
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