Hookahs are special waterpipes that are used to smoke unique combinations of tobacco hat come in a variety of flavors. Charcoal-heated air is passed through the tobacco mixture to a water-filled chamber before the user inhales the smoke via the mouthpiece or a tube.
Although hookah users perceive the substance to be less harmful when compared to cigarettes, studies have refuted these claims. Hookah contains the same contents found in cigarette smoke such as tar, nicotine, and heavy metals. When you smoke hookah, you should expect the following.
Hookah comes in different flavors such as apple, mint, mango, coconut, and strawberry, among others. Users may also add their own products such as milk, fruit juice, ice, or wine to the water to alter the taste. Hookah users have the opportunity to experiment with new flavors. Besides, the user finds the substance more pleasing than cigarettes due to the unique sweat and appealing flavors.
Thus the main drive for smoking hookah is the unique experience the user gets due to the ingredients in the product, including nicotine.
Dehydration & lightheadedness
Shortly after smoking hookah, you may experience lightheadedness. Since smoking hookah is a pleasant experience for many individuals, thus one may be motivated to inhale excess smoke, hence the adverse effects. If you don’t take adequate water before smoking hookah, you may suffer dehydration.
Nausea & coughing
According to the American Lung Association, there are more than 20 flavors of hookah in the market. Individuals react differently to these flavors. Inhaling too much smoke or inhaling the smoke sharply may result in coughing. You may also cough if someone blows the some directly on your face. Hookah, unlike cigarettes, contains less nicotine; thus, the user may be motivated to smoke excessively, leading to stomachache or nausea; this is the case with 24/7 hookah smoking. You may also feel nauseated after smoking hookah if you do it on an empty stomach.
Smoking hookah exposes the individual to tobacco, which contains harmful substances such as tar, heavy metals, and carbon monoxide. Even if you don’t smoke directly, you can get exposure to these substances if you inhale secondhand smoke. Some of the potential health effects of smoking hookah include:
An increased risk of heart problems like heart attack and heart disease
Complications of the respiratory tract, such as bronchitis and chronic obstructive pulmonary disease ( COPD).
Increased risk for cancer especially the mouth, throat, and lung cancer
Premature aging of the skin
An increased risk for respiratory infections due to sharing the hookah mouthpiece; such diseases include tuberculosis, cold& flu, syphilis, cold sores(HVS), cytomegalovirus, and hepatitis A.
When you smoke hookah, your main goal is the unique experience. Still, you may get some side effects such as nausea, stomach problems, lightheadedness, and dehydration, especially if you inhale excess smoke. It’s also important to be aware of the long term health effects that come with inhaling the smoke.