Tuesday, February 22, 2011
To Shisha smokers out there... It is bad news if you plan to smoke Sisha in one part of Malaysia.
Or Kota Bahru, the capital of Kelantan, an East Coast state in Malaysia.
Media reported today 22nd February 2011 that the Kota Baru Municipal Council has banned all food outlets there from allowing shisha smoking at their premises with immediate effect.
Its secretary Mohd Anis Hussein said this was provided for under local licensing by-laws.
"Enforcement action will be taken against outlets not heeding the ban," he told Bernama, the Malaysian national news agency.
Meanwhile, Kelantan mufti Datuk Mohamad Shukri Mohamad said the state fatwa council was awaiting a ruling on the matter from the National Fatwa Council so that there could be uniformity in all states.
The World Health Organisation (WHO) announced in 2007 that a single session of smoking shisha yielded a nicotine intake equivalent to more than one pack of cigarettes.
It said shisha smoke retained all the carcinogens of cigarette smoke while adding more carbon monoxide and a separate set of carcinogens from the use of burning coals to keep the nicotine flowing, coupled with the risk of infection with tuberculosis or hepatitis from shared mouthpieces.
Meanwhile Middle East experts said smoking Shisha is 200 times worse than smoking a cigarette.
And a typical hour long shisha session involves inhaling 100 to 200 times the volume of smoke inhaled when smoking a cigarette and there is no proof that any adaptation can make waterpipes safer.
So... stop smoking Sisha and cigarettes because both are bad for your health... !!!
There is still an alternative here - Electronic Cigarettes!!!
And electronic cigarettes are sexy too!!