Smoking shisha on a regular basis has dangerous consequences that reach far beyond cancer. (The Daily Star/Mahmoud Kheir)
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Recent studies have shown Lebanese youth to be among the heaviest shisha smokers in the world, as relaxing with a nargileh pipe continues to be a popular pastime across the country despite its significant health risks. With this in mind, a team from the American University of Beirut Medical Center launched a powerful social media campaign designed to raise awareness of the link between smoking tobacco from a waterpipe, or nargileh, and cancer.According to a 2018 study on the global prevalence of waterpipe tobacco smoking, 65.3 percent of Lebanese under 24 have smoked shisha at least once in their life, while 37.2 percent of Lebanese youth had smoked it in the 30 days before their interview for the study, putting them first in the world for shisha smoking.Smoking shisha on a regular basis has dangerous consequences that reach far beyond cancer.Chatila also lamented the lack of implementation of Lebanon's Law 174, which prohibits all forms of smoking, including shisha, inside enclosed public spaces.
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