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A recent study conducted by researchers at Qatar University has shown that smoking shisha or water pipes can increase the risk of heart disease in adults.
Shisha, also known as hookah, is a type of water pipe used to smoke flavored tobacco and is popular in many regions around the world, including Africa and the Middle East.
The report analyzed data from over 1,000 adult participants in Qatar and found that shisha smokers had a 1.65 times higher likelihood of reporting a diagnosis of cardiovascular disease than non-smokers.
The report also found that starting shisha smoking at a younger age was linked to a higher risk of developing heart disease.
These findings stressed the need for public health measures to address the issue of shisha smoking and its health consequences.
“After adjusting for hypertension diagnosis, diabetes diagnosis, dyslipidemia diagnosis, abdominal obesity, and sedentary lifestyle, exclusive shisha smokers had 1.65 times higher odds of reporting cardiovascular disease diagnoses compared to non-smokers.
“Dual shisha and cigarette smokers also had 1.47 times higher odds of reporting cardiovascular disease diagnoses compared to non-smokers. CVD cases had a younger median age of initial shisha smoking compared to controls (20 years vs 25 years, p=0.003).
“Shisha smoking was associated with an increased risk of developing cardiovascular disease. However, this association did not reach the level of statistical significance within this study.
“A finding to consider that showed strong evidence is the younger age of initial shisha smoking in cases. Further studies are needed to demonstrate the true relationship between shisha smoking and cardiovascular disease.” The report reads in part
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