Shisha and dokha just as bad as cigarettes

A report released on the occasion of World No Tobacco Day by a team of researchers at the American University of Sharjah (AUS) has shown that alternative tobacco products (shisha and medwakh) are not less harmful than cigarettes.

The research aimed to dispel the notion that alternative tobacco products such as shisha and medwakh — a small smoking pipe popular in the region — are not as dangerous as cigarettes.

Research on a wide variety of commercially popular shisha charcoals and dokha tobacco conducted at the university has shown the presence of trace metals such as iron, lead, cadmium, chromium, cobalt and manganese at concentrations similar to, if not higher than, cigarettes.

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