Smoking shisha, like eating and drinking, is of course a purely night-ime affair during Ramadan. But it often is during the rest of the year too, so chances are that during the holy month, with people socializing during the night hours, consumption will rise. It is thought to be rising in any event, popular as it is with younger people. The results of research by a UK government department will therefore come as something of a shock to its devotees. It is that shisha smoking can be just as dangerous to health as cigarettes, if not more so. Many people imagine that shishas do not really count as smoking; it is one of the reasons it has caught on in countries like the UK among a younger crowd. This latest research, focused not on lung cancer but the amount of carbon monoxide inhaled, has found that shisha smoking results in carbon monoxide levels at least four to five times higher than among cigarette smokers, and in the worst cases, several hundred times higher.
A hookah orShisha is a single or multi-stemmed (often glass-based) water pipe for smoking. Originally from India, hookah has gained immense popularity, especially in the Middle East and is gaining popularity in the USA, UK, Canada, and elsewhere. Today, some of the highest quality and most extravagant hookah pipes come from Egypt, Iran and Turkey. The hookah operates by water filtration and indirect heat. It is used for smoking herbal fruits and tobacco, and is often considered to be healthier than smoking cigarettes, although recent studies have shown that it is just as detrimental to a person’s health.
Often there is confusion with terminology. While in the west, the device itself is referred to as a Hookah, and the tobacco/molasses is referred to as the Shisha. However, in the Arab world, the device itself is called a shisha (in reference to its glass base) and the tobacco is called moassel. Depending on locality, hookahs or Shishas may be referred to by many names: Arabic Language use it as Shisha or Nargeela or Argeela and they use it throughout the whole of the Arab World; Turkish people use it as Narghilè but pronounced “Argilah” is the name most commonly used in Turkey, Cyprus, Azerbaijan, Lebanon, Syria and Palestine. Narghile derives from the Persian word n?rghile, meaning coconut, which in turn is from the Sanskrit word n?rikela, suggesting that early hookahs were hewn from coconut shells..In Albania, Bosnia, Croatia the hookah is called “Lula” or “Lulava” in Romani, meaning “pipe,” the word “shishe” refers to the actual bottle piece.
Shisha, from the Persian word sh?she, meaning glass, is the common term for the hookah in Egypt and the Arab countries of the Persian Gulf (including Kuwait, Iraq, Bahrain, Qatar, Oman, UAE, and Saudi Arabia), Palestine and in Morocco, Tunisia, Somalia and Yemen.