Tobacco Smoking Is The Primary Cause Of Preventable Essay

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Tobacco smoking is the primary cause of preventable illness and premature death globally. Hookah smoking is one type of tobacco use, which gains popularity in recent years. Hookah smoking is a general term given to an apparatus where tobacco is inhaled after passing through water. Hookah was invented in India in the 15th century as a safe alternative cigarettes smoking because they believed that smoke gets filtered by the water. Nowadays hookah spreads globally and a with wide variety of names such as waterpipe, shisha, (n)arghile, goza, and hubble-bubble to mention but a few. Researches evidence suggests that hookah smoking growing rapidly among British young adults. A recent report by the Freedom of Information (FOI) identified a 210% rise in the number of UK commercial hookah venues five years on from the implementation of the Smoke free law on 1st July 2007, and this likely reflects increasing use in the British population.
Other countries have also witnessed a rise in hookah smoking. The Global Youth Tobacco Survey concluded that, whilst cigarette smoking prevalence was decreasing among 13-15 year olds, 33 out of 97 global regions showed an increase in other tobacco use which was mostly attributed to hookah. Other countries have also reported alarmingly high prevalence of use. It is therefore of little surprise that hookah’s public health status has been described by the American Lung Association as “a growing deadly trend” and by leading UK tobacco…

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