The researchers of Qatar University have recently found that shisha smoking, or waterpipe smoking, increases the risk of heart diseases in adults.
Shisha, also known as hookah, is a kind of water pipe used for smoking flavored tobacco. It originated in the Middle East and has become a social activity across the region.
The study, conducted by Susu Zughaier, associate professor of Basic Medical Sciences at Qatar University's College of Medicine, analyzed data from over 1,000 adult participants living in Qatar, according to a statement released by Qatar University on Monday.
The researchers found that shisha smokers had 1.65 times higher odds of reporting a diagnosis of cardiovascular disease, compared to non-smokers.
Furthermore, the study highlighted that starting shisha smoking at a younger age was associated with a higher risk of developing heart diseases.
The study makes a significant contribution to the understanding of the health consequences of shisha smoking, highlighting the need to address the public health concern not only in Qatar but also in other countries.