Smoking or use of tobacco is a very old form of addiction), almost 3000 years old.
Tobacco, tar and nicotine are used to make cigarette while in Shisha, different sweet flavors are added for taste development. Shisha is getting very common in recent year in not only Pakistan but also in India, Bangladesh and china also.
According to the law, it is illegal to sale cigarette to a boy / girl of the age less than 9 years but this law is not implementing by the authorities. There is great number of young boys and girls those are addicted to the cigarette but in recent years the shisha smoking is very common among youngsters. It became the fashion for the young generation and separate Shisha lounge are located in hotels and restaurants.
Disadvantages of Shisha smoking:
- Heart diseases
- Respiratory problems
- Lungs cancer
- Cancer of veins
- Premature delivery of baby and the respiratory diseases in the newborn baby
Shisha smoking causes all above diseases and as safety measures our government and world health organization banned all the products that contain tobacco and instructed that all Shisha cafés and hotels that are offering Shisha should discontinue their offers. All the laws made for smoking, also implemented in the case of Shisha smoking. Universities and colleges should arrange awareness programs against Shisha smoking. Parents should also guide their children about the disadvantages of Shisha smoking. Recently city district government of Lahore under the section 144 banned Shisha smoking in cafes, hotels etc. Instead of all these measures and instruction, everyday new Shisha cafes and clubs are opening in our country; government should take serious steps and create awareness about the disadvantages of Shisha.