Expert warns against smoking shisha

Updated 29 October 2014
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Expert warns against smoking shisha

A prominent health expert has warned against the dangers of smoking shisha (water pipe), which has reached alarming proportions in the Gulf states.
The warning came in a paper presented at the 2nd International Conference on Water-pipe Tobacco Smoking Research by Dr. Tawfeeq Khoja, who is also the general director of the Riyadh based executive office of health ministers of Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) countries.
“Shisha smoking is on the rise, especially among the youth who falsely believe it is less harmful than cigarette smoking,” said Dr. Khoja, criticizing the aggressive promotion campaigns of the risky habit.
In his paper on the role of media to combat shisha smoking, he reviewed the legislations in fighting the habit and called for reactivating them and imposing a ban on its smoking in public places.
He urged health awareness campaigns to step up their activities to combat the issue.
The Saudi Ministry of Interior had earlier banned shisha smoking in public areas some years ago in a bid to curb the harmful habit.
Municipalities responded by implementing the ban inside cafes in almost all the cities of the Kingdom but shisha could be smoked on their outskirts in the open.
However, some cafes continued to provide the shisha undercover on their premises or delivering it to homes.
Jeddah was the last city to implement the ban.
A research by the World Health Organization revealed that the volume of smoke inhaled in an hour-long shisha session is estimated to be equivalent to smoking between 200-300 cigarettes.
It also showed that on average, a smoker will inhale half a liter of smoke per cigarette while a shisha smoker can take in up to a liter of smoke.
Commenting on the risks of shisha smoking, Prof. Robert West, director of tobacco studies at University College London, said the greater the exposure in terms of duration and amount smoked, the greater the health risk.
He warned that although shisha tobacco is more flavorful than cigarettes coming in a variety of fruity and floral aromas, it contains the same toxicants known to cause lung caner and heart disease, besides respiratory problems, lung and mouth cancer and complications during pregnancy.


Saudi forces intercept Houthi missile targeting Najran

Updated 18 July 2018
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Saudi forces intercept Houthi missile targeting Najran

  • The missile was aimed at civilian populated areas, but the defense forces were able to intercept and destroy the projectile without any casualties
  • The spokesperson said that “this hostile action by the Houthi militia proves the Iranian regime’s continued involvement in supporting the militia”

DUBAI: Saudi forces intercept missile fired by Houthi militias in the direction of Najran on Wednesday.

The Arab coalition’s spokesman, Col. Turki Al-Maliki, said that Saudi aerial defense forces intercepted a missile launched by the Iran-backed militia from Yemen’s Saada.

Al-Maliki said that the missile targeted Najran, and was aimed at civilian populated areas, but the defense forces were able to intercept and destroy the projectile without any casualties.
The spokesperson added that “this hostile action by the Houthi militia proves the Iranian regime’s continued involvement in supporting the militia with qualitative capabilities in clear and explicit defiance of UN resolution 2216 and 2231 aimed at safeguarding Saudi Arabia’s security and any regional and international threats.”