McMaster University

Demystifying Medicine
Seminar Series

Clearing the air about smoking hookah/shisha

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This video provides a Magic School Bus-like investigation into the misconceptions and effects associated with smoking hookah (shisha), primarily focusing on a new study that looked at immediate cardiovascular effects after 30 minutes of smoking tobacco using a hookah (shisha).

— Video by Harleen Kaur Padwal, Myfannwy Pope, Britney Baiden and Rajat Bhargava

References

  • Aljarrah, K., Ababneh, Z. Q., & Al-Delaimy, W. K. (2009). Perceptions of hookah smoking harmfulness: predictors and characteristics among current hookah users. Tobacco Induced Diseases, 5(1), 16.
  • Berg, C. J., Stratton, E., Schauer, G. L., Lewis, M., Wang, Y., Windle, M., & Kegler, M. (2015). Perceived harm, addictiveness, and social acceptability of tobacco products and marijuana among young adults: marijuana, hookah, and electronic cigarettes win. Substance Use & Misuse, 50(1), 79-89.
  • Rezk-Hanna, M., Doering, L., Robbins, W., Sarna, L., Elashoff, R. M., & Victor, R. G. (2018). Acute Effect of Hookah Smoking on Arterial Stiffness and Wave Reflections in Adults Aged 18 to 34 Years of Age. The American Journal of Cardiology.
  • Shihadeh, A., Antonios, C., & Azar, S. (2005). A portable, low-resistance puff topography instrument for pulsating, high-flow smoking devices. Behavior Research Methods, 37(1), 186-191.
  • Shihadeh, A., & Saleh, R. (2005). Polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons, carbon monoxide,“tar”, and nicotine in the mainstream smoke aerosol of the narghile water pipe. Food and Chemical Toxicology, 43(5), 655-661.
  • Shihadeh, A., Salman, R., Jaroudi, E., Saliba, N., Sepetdjian, E., Blank, M. D., … & Eissenberg, T. (2012). Does switching to a tobacco-free waterpipe product reduce toxicant intake? A crossover study comparing CO, NO, PAH, volatile aldehydes,“tar” and nicotine yields. Food and Chemical Toxicology, 50(5), 1494-1498.
  • Shihadeh, A. (2003). Investigation of mainstream smoke aerosol of the argileh water pipe. Food and Chemical Toxicology, 41(1), 143-152.
  • Steentoft, J., Wittendorf, J., & Andersen, J. R. (2006). Tuberculosis and water pipes as source of infection. Ugeskrift for laeger, 168(9), 904-907.

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