We already had prestigious Lebanese Narghile Super Women (Doctors Pascale, Zeina and Myrna) who have been leading independent research on the hazards of nicotine and Carbon Monoxide intake among narghile smokers in natural environments (cafes...). Far from the herds of antismoking barking dogs and without suspect funding from the pharmaceutical industry (nicotine patches, gums, Chantix, etc.), and just because science should not become ideology, they spoke out:
“Thus, it [the shisha] is now considered by the World Health Organization a global public health threat. However, the WHO report has been criticized, and errors were shown, dealing with the chemistry of smoke, health-related effects, smoking patterns, description and history of the device and its use, gender and underage use aspects, prevention and research needs in this field : the author suggested that many results were drawn in artifi cially produced and unrealistic conditions in a laboratory, that lead to confusion and overestimation of waterpipe toxicity".
SOURCE: Salameh P, Aoun Bacha Z, Waked M. Saliva cotinine and exhaled carbon monoxide in real life water pipe smokers: a post hoc analysis. Tobacco Use Insights 2009:2 1–10.
Now, we have a younger generation of Super Hookah Girls with Kelsey, Gabi, Courtney, Erika and others. They have launched a site called The ScienceOfHookah (a project for their physical science class) in which they ask very very witty questions : that of the nature of the hookah and then tackle the taboo issue of Morality.
We will let them find their way. They will soon find by themselves that beyond the classical obvious morality problems, lie those of ethics in science and how official ““waterpipe””™ “peer-reviewed” science has been a great public money funded fallacy.
Erika: “Morality: Making a decision”
God bless them all !
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