I am currently using a nicotine patch to quit smoking. However, I occasionally smoke a Hookah. Is this safe?

There is currently a lot of conflicting information regarding Hookah smoking floating around these days, but the short answer is: unless you smoke the Hookah a lot, the amount of nicotine you’re likely to ingest at any one time will not pose a risk with regard to using the nicotine patch.

When using a Hookah, or Shisha water pipe, the flavored tobacco is filtered through water, thereby removing about 90 percent of the harmful chemicals, including most of the nicotine. Smoke from a Hookah contains about 0.5 percent nicotine and virtually no “tar.”

Also, typically, the smoke is not inhaled, thereby cutting down even more on the amount of nicotine that reaches the bloodstream.

However, shisha is still tobacco and as such contains at least some of the negative health effects as any other type of tobacco. Most experts agree, however, that if you’re going to smoke, shisha is your safest bet.

There’s no such thing as a free lunch, though, and Hookahs offer their own unique health concerns, centered mainly around the fact that infectious diseases may be transferred from user to user via the pipe’s mouthpiece and tubing structure.

Most public shisha outlets now provide new, disposable mouthpieces to each customer.

7 Comments on Can I smoke a Hookah while on the nicotine patch?

  1. Trent says:

    stay away from anything involving tobacco!!!! and do not take the patch and also smoke tobacco, that is like a tobacco overload to your body and you will get very very sick if you consume too much tobacco! try replacing nicotine with gum, the patch doesnt work at all. stay out of hookah bars at all times or else you will never quit smoking tobacco. the nicotine gum works really well but you end up getting addicted to the gum but its a lot easier to stop the nicotine gum than it is to stop smoking tobacco. i quit cold turkey myself. it was a very hard rough 1st week but after that you can control the desire to smoke tobacco. and you also feel better about yourself and you dont smell like cigarettes. well good luck !
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  2. TJTB says:

    Why are you even bothering with the nicotine patch if you’re smoking hookah? You shouldn’t even go into a smokey bar when you’re trying to quit.
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  3. Zach says:

    Yes it is safe to do…shisha contains minimal traces of nicotine and tar making it impossible to "overdose". Being around cigarettes might make you want to start up again, but smoking hookah shouldn’t have any effect that will make you want to start smoking cigarettes again.
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  4. gabriel says:

    It is not a good idea to take a flavored tobacco product while using the nicotine patch. You are increasing your dependence on nicotine and decreasing your chances of being tobacco/nicotine free. Breaking a nicotine dependence is hard to do. I think this site can help. (www.u-can-quit-smoking-cigarettes.com)
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  5. Patrick says:

    All cigarettes cause damage to the human body. Hence, any smoking is dangerous. Cigarettes are the only legal product whose advertised and intended use – smoking – is known to harm the body and cause cancer.

    Research has confirmed that even smoking as few as 1 to 4 cigarettes a day can lead to serious health outcomes, including an increased risk of heart disease and a greater chance of dying at a younger age.

    Spit, oral, smokeless, chewing, and snuff tobacco, snus (sounds like "snoose") – a type of moist snuff first used in Sweden, smoking pipes or cigars, clove cigarettes (kreteks), bidis, hookahs, are all different forms of tobacco and are equally dangerous. Even if the health risks were smaller for some tobacco products as opposed to others, all tobacco products contain nicotine, which can lead to increased use and addiction. Do not think tobacco is safe in any amount or form.

    Due to the unpleasantness of the withdrawal symptoms, many people who try to quit smoking end up replacing the cigarettes with some other type of addiction. This may be an addiction to prescription medication, such as sleeping tablets or tranquilizers, or an addiction to food. While you will definitely experience the health benefits of giving up nicotine, no one wants to replace one addiction with another!

    A healthy diet, adequate exercise as well as natural and holistic treatments such as acupuncture, massage and herbal and homeopathic remedies can also help the smoker overcome nicotine addiction. Herbal and homeopathic treatments are a safe and effective means to reduce nicotine cravings (without giving you more nicotine) and will also help to prevent weight gain and alleviate anxiety and irritability. Basically, natural and holistic treatments not only lessen the urge to smoke, but also help you to restore balance in your body.

    There are a number of ingredients such as Avena sativa, Garcinia cambogia and Gotu Cola (Centella asiatica) which will help to address the symptoms of nicotine withdrawal. They reduce nicotine cravings and balance the mood.

    Details on the above can be had here http://www.healthherbsandnutri.....moking.htm
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  6. BRIJ_LOVE says:


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  7. Matthew says:

    I’ve tried just about every method there is out there and there is only one I can recommend – NLP! It eliminates the cravings.
    Gum patches and all the other just did not cut it for me, not to mention cold turkey which was the hardest, I even tried the electric cig and it is just no match to the real thing.
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    it’s the one that got me off the cigs and smoke free for GOOD even without gaining weight! :)

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