Shisha: Do You Know What It Does To You?

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The pleasures of life has danced its way into our heads without forethought of it perils that may dwell on us. The youths of our time are mesmerized by materialistic things of the world. They seems to invite and succumb to any danger that looms around. It has become conspicuous to us that young folks of this generation are susceptible to western culture. They`re swayed by what is portrayed to them in the media. With this, I bestow to you the order of the day, Shisha.

Due to evolution, technology has evolved and sophisticated gadgets have emerged. We have been ostensibly exposed to a refurbish gadget which was purportedly to be originated from India. In it homeland or origin holds a name ‘Hookah Smoke.’ But in our sovereign society, it is recognized by the populace as “Shisha”. In other jurisdictions it bear the names :water pipe, nargeela, okka, kalyan or ghelyoon etc.

According to history and a research by the World Health Organisation (WHO). The root of Hookah smoke can be traced from India between the periods of 1556-1605, during the reign of Emperor Akbar. It was utilized by indigenous people of Africa and Asia for at least four centuries.

In its inception and the usage of it for more than four centuries. It evaporated and has return in a vampstyle. Due to its trendiness, social media platforms such as Facebook and Instagram has caught glimpses of young folks in our jurisdiction smoking it. Even in some foreign movies and music video, glimpses of it can be perceived.

A layman may ask, what`s Shisha smoking? And what distinct it from smoking cigarette? In a text by ‘Young Scot’ in Scotland, the apparatus is a tool for smoking tobacco through a bowl with a hose or tube joined on. They further said the tube has a mouthpiece that the smoker uses to breath in the smoke. The intended purpose of Shisha for puffing tobacco has been modified by this generation; now it used for smoking other substances such as marijuana etcetera.

In forecast of it health hazard on human lives. Eastern African countries like Kenyan, Tanzania and Rwanda have impose bar on the usage of Shisha in their countries. But here in our jurisdiction, puffing shisha is purported to be illicit. But they still lies on shelves of their accustomed habitat. Even though there have been claims from authorities specifically the Food and Drugs Authority (FDA), to have clampdown the use of it, they still prevails.

Notwithstanding the regulatory aspect of it. The youth are blinded by the ecstasy in its usage without a flash thought of it bane on their health. Since they are gratifying their pleasure, they are oblivion and naïve about its mayhem on them.

On May 31 this year, as the world marks World No Tobacco Day (WNTD). The Ghana Health Service (GHS) estimated that 1.3% teenagers (Junior High School) students smoke Shisha. This survey vividly shows how the youths are gradually being mesmerized by it.

In an Advisory Note of the World Health Organisation (WHO), on the health effect of Waterpipe Tobacco Smoking. The report stipulate: “a waterpipe smoking session may expose the smoker to more smoke over a long period of time than occurs when smoking a cigarette. A waterpipe smoker may therefore inhale as much smoke during one session as a cigarette smoker would inhale consuming 100 or more cigarette”. The report simply specify that smoking 20-80 minute of Shisha is equivalent to smoking 100 cigarette.

In the same vein, the report also spells out the health hazard of Shisha. The Advisory Note asserted that abusers of Shisha may be expose to the following diseases: cancer, heart disease, respiratory disease and adverse effects during pregnancy.

In light of this, users and abusers of shisha should advise themselves in the utilisation of this puffing device. The health hazard associated with it shouldn`t be taken lightly. The youths need to wake-up from their slumber and realized it repercussions on their health. Let them up rise and combat against this cankerous device, because You Only Live Ones (YOLO).

Source; Emmanuel Andorful  ( Student Journalist).

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