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.