With no tobacco day coming up on the 31st of May, Sue Janse van Rensburg CEO of the Cancer Associate of South Africa (CANSA) has released this statement: “There’s a misconception that the water pipe (a.k.a the hubbly), which is a fashionable accessory at many social gatherings, is a harmless way of sharing a recreational drug that has no side effects. The truth is that water hubbly smokers and second-hand smokers are at risk of the same kinds of diseases that are caused by cigarette smoking, including cancer, heart and respiratory diseases, as well as adverse effects during pregnancy.”
The World Health Organisation (WHO) have done studies that prove that the smoke that emerges from a hubbly contains several toxins that can cause lung cancer, heart disease and other diseases. It does actually deliver the addictive drug nicotine and could result in the same effect that cigarettes have on smokers. The coal that is used with the hubbly produces its own toxins too, including high levels of carbon monoxide.
WHO have also discovered that a hubbly smoker inhales more smoke than that of a cigarette smoker. In a session a hubbly smoker could take 50 – 200 puffs which is the same as a person smoking 100 or more cigarettes – scary! The ‘tar’ in tobacco smoke also causes cancer. The smoke produced in a typical hubbly smoking session can contain about 36 times more tar and about eight times more carbon monoxide, than the smoke from a single cigarette. Hubbly and cigarette smoke both contain poisons including nicotine, tar, carbon monoxide, arsenic and lead, among many others. Arsenic is used as a rat poison, and carbon monoxide is a deadly gas also found in motor car exhaust. Lead is a neurotoxin that even in small amounts can damage the nervous system. There is also no proof that any device or accessory can make smoking a hubbly safer. Loads of products take time before we realize they are bad for us, take a look at www.sideeffectsofxarelto.org for example, it’s bewildering sometimes how short sighted we can be.
In S.A. the hubbly and its products are defined as a ‘tobacco product’ and according to the Tobacco Products Control Amendment Act (2007) no one under the age of 18 may purchase or use this product.
In other words smoking anything in any form is not good for you! If you haven’t started the disgusting habit – don’t and if you have, you are still young enough to kick the habit and get back on track with a healthy lifestyle.
FYI: @CANSA; Facebook: CANSA: Fighting cancer in South Africa.
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