Originally Posted by Maylene
Honestly, I can't give you a completely straight answer. There has been little to no controlled tests/experiments on the effects hookah smoking.
Compared to cigarettes, You get a ton of smoke in your lungs and a lot of co2, there's no denying these facts.
As for chemicals and such, There's not a lot of additives and chemicals in shisha.
Essentially, comparing hookah to cig's is like comparing apples to oranges. One is burned and inhaled, the other is baked.
We know, that burning tobacco causes tar, so I guess we have reason to believe that there is none to little in hookah smoking.
I agree. Smoking hookah and smoking cigs are two totally different things and it would be really hard to compare. Personally, I don't ever think there will be an answer to this age old question. I realize there is still a risk for numerous diseases when I smoke hookah and I take that risk. I just prefer hookah to cigs because of the smell and obviously there are literally unlimited flavors to shisha tobacco.