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Things you should know about Shisha

What’s in shisha?

Shisha usually contains tobacco which is sometimes mixed with fruit or molasses sugar. Popular flavours include apple, strawberry, mint and cola. Wood, coal or charcoal is burned in the shisha pipe to heat the tobacco and create the smoke.

What are the risks?

Shisha often contains the same type of tobacco as you get in cigarettes. This means shisha smokers are at risk of developing the same health problems as cigarette smokers, such as cancer and heart disease.

Because Shisha can contain nicotine (the addictive ingredient in cigarettes) you can become addicted to smoking shisha.
A World Health Organisation study has suggested that a one-hour session of smoking shisha can be the same as smoking 100 or more cigarettes.

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