Shisha: is smoking cool again?
Students are often unaware of shisha’s health hazards
- By: Alexander Isted
Among some medical students, smoking shisha is now more common than smoking cigarettes. In a study of medical students at Imperial College London, researchers found that more than half had tried shisha, and more than one in 10 were current users.1
Offering a cigarette to many medical students would likely be met with a tirade about the risks of lung cancer, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, and heart disease, but smoking shisha has become an increasingly popular pastime among medics. The demonised culture of “stepping outside for a fag” has been partly replaced by a visit to a trendy shisha café, offering large water pipes and a range of flavours for groups to share. The allure of such products risks undermining efforts to reduce smoking, a cause that most medical students would support.
Roughly 55% of medical students at Imperial College London have tried shisha at least once, with 11% having