Hookah or shisha smoking is a popular trend today and many young people mistakenly believe that it is relatively safe. New studies have shown that hookah bar workers are at risk of lung and heart disease owing to exposure to smoke.
Secondhand smoke has been shown to cause 3000 deaths from lung cancer among the nonsmokers. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) reports that hookah is as toxic as cigarette smoking.
The research from the New York University’s College of Global Public Health (CGPH) and the Langone Medical Center tested hookah bar employees indicated raised levels of toxins and markers for inflammation which are associated with cardiac and pulmonary disorders.
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Mike Dilkes MS FRCS(ORL-HNS), FRCSEd, FRCS
Mike Dilkes ENT is based in Central, North, East and South London. Most of our consultations and treatments are carried out either at The Hospital of St John and St Elizabeth or The London Independent Hospital. The Hospital of St John and St Elizabeth is one of London's biggest and most prestigious private hospitals.
It is in St Johns's Wood, a leafy area of the west end, just north of Harley Street and Regent's Park. The London Independent Hospital is in Stepney Green, hidden away just behind Mile End Road, just to the East of the City of London. Formally The London Jewish Hospital, it is a purpose built modern building with full facilities, beautifully appointed rooms, state of the art laser systems and, in case anything goes wrong (it really shouldn't), a fully covered Consultant 24 hour ward and Intensive Care presence - the only private hospital in London to have this.