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What are the side effects of shisha?

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Also known as a hookah, shisha smoking can lead to lung cancer, periodontal disease, low birth weight and respiratory health problems. Shisha smoking exposes a person to smoke for a longer time than cigarettes, as stated by WHO.

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Shisha smoking is common among youth who tend to assume that it is safe than cigarette. The method of smoking shisha increases the absorption of toxins into the body. The charcoal used in heating the tobacco produces smoke that contains elevated levels of carbon monoxide and metals, as stated by CDC. Educating young people on the effects of smoking a hookah may help to reduce its use.

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