Smoking stretches across Australia. In a 2019 survey, 11.6 per cent of Australian adults said they smoked at least once a day. The daily smoking rate is going down, but plenty of people still intake tobacco.
One reason is the versatility of tobacco smoking. Hookah, shisha, narjeela, arghile, goza, and Hubble Bubble are very popular. If you want to quit, you have to learn the facts.
What exactly is hookah smoking? Why is it so devastating to the body? What can you do to quit and deal with your withdrawal symptoms?
Answer these questions and you can abandon smoking for an ethical and free life. Here is your comprehensive guide.
Hookah, Shisha, Narjeela, Arghile, Goza, and Hubble Bubble Smoking
Hookah is a type of smoking that uses waterpipes. The smoker lights some charcoal in the body of the hookah. The charcoal burns tobacco, additives, and a supply of water.
Smoke moves the tobacco upward and drifts through a long pipe into the smoker’s mouth. The water creates a supply of breathable smoke, but it does not filter out toxic chemicals.
You may have heard various terms for hookah. The most common term is “shisha,” especially at establishments that call themselves shisha cafes. “Narjeela,” “arghile,” “goza,” and “Hubble Bubble” are also common.
These terms all refer to the same practice of hookah smoking. There is no difference between narjeela or arghile.
Mu’assel is a kind of tobacco commonly used in hookah smoking. It contains molasses and other flavourings, and it is common throughout the Middle East. Some people call it “shisha.”
Any form of smoking endangers a person’s health. Tobacco contains a substance called nicotine, which encourages the brain to produce pleasurable chemicals. This creates a craving in the brain that prompts a person to smoke.
As time passes, the brain produces weaker amounts of nicotine, and a person feels less happy. They have to smoke more in order to feel the euphoria they previously felt.
This sends more toxic chemicals through their body. Nicotine can narrow the veins, forcing the heart to work faster. The feet and hands receive less blood and oxygen, which can impair a person’s mobility.
Tar in tobacco coats the lungs, preventing airflow. Smaller particles can rest in the throat and create a bad cough.
Cigarettes contain numerous carcinogens. Smoking can create tumours in the throat and lungs. The risk for oesophageal cancer is 3.8 times higher for smokers than it is for non-smokers.
But hookah smoking is especially dangerous. Smoking through an individual cigarette is hard to do. Smoke fills the nose and mouth, prompting a person to cough.
The smoke from a hookah is moister and cooler. This allows someone to consume more smoke every time they breathe in.
They can smoke for longer periods of time. In less than an hour of hookah smoking, a person can ingest the chemicals found in 100 cigarettes.
Hookah smoking is a communal experience. Many people share each other’s mouthpieces, which can spread diseases within a group.
What Islam Says About Smoking
Hookah is common across the Middle East. Some hookah cafes put up Middle Eastern and Islamic artwork. This has led some young Muslims to take up hookah smoking for themselves.
But Islam is firmly against tobacco. The Quran does not specifically ban smoking, but there are several verses that discourage the consumption of addictive substances. Al Baqarah 2:195 reads, “[D]o not cast yourself into perdition with your own hands.”
Many Muslim clerics have issued fatwas explicitly discouraging tobacco consumption. They point to the clear health risks that tobacco poses. Many Muslim-majority countries offer smoking bans and age restrictions on buying tobacco.
It is true that some clerics argued that smoking was halal. This was due to a lack of information on the dangers of smoking. Many tobacco companies organised massive marketing campaigns in order to deceive the public.
How to Quit Smoking
Anyone can quit smoking. There is more than one way to quit, and a person may need to follow many tips in order to stop.
Figure Out Reasons for Quitting
Anyone who is looking to quit should write down the reasons why they want to do so. The reasons can range from health concerns to wanting to save money. They can be small things, like wanting to avoid the smell of hookah smoke.
Handwriting the reasons will engage the memory more than typing them out. Once the person is done writing, they should put it in their wallet or pocket. Whenever they need a jolt of motivation, they can read the list.
Pick a Quit Day
Many people see going cold turkey as the way to stop smoking. This means cutting oneself off from hookah smoke entirely.
Going cold turkey can work, but it is often very difficult. It may be more effective to cut back on smoking over time.
Whatever a person decides to do, they should pick a day on when they will start quitting. This should be a day where they have nothing else to do. The day should come within two weeks of the decision to quit.
Picking a Monday is often best because it starts the week with the new goal. But a Saturday and Sunday can help because the person gets used to quitting over the weekend.
As the person wakes up on their quit day, they should remind themselves that they are quitting. They should engage in self-care, focusing on their own welfare throughout the day. They should not worry about work or stressful personal relationships.
Many things can encourage a person to smoke. Stopping by a hookah bar or seeing other people smoking are two common ones.
People looking to quit should avoid their old smoking hangouts whenever possible. They should go to a restaurant, library, or somewhere else instead. They should find a place to hang out with their friends so they can replace the hookah experience with something else.
Hookah and tobacco companies may advertise at grocery stores and similar locations. It is a good idea for people to avoid any place where these advertisements might be.
Some people replace one addiction with another. They may stop smoking hookah, but they may start drinking alcohol. Alcohol can be a greater menace than drugs, even tobacco.
Medications can help a person stay focused. Anti-anxiety medications can soothe feelings of nervousness. Nicotine replacement pills or patches provide a dose of nicotine that keeps someone off of tobacco.
Get Some Help
Support groups are available all over Australia. Small groups of people gather together under the purview of a counsellor, who can be a trained medical professional. They talk about their history with hookah, and they learn from each other on how to stop smoking.
If someone is uncomfortable with meeting in person, they can find an online support group. Many Internet forums allow users to share stories and exchange ideas on how to quit.
Anyone can seek out guidance from a coach or counsellor. They can give information on what it means to live a smoke-free life. They can educate someone on how the body removes nicotine from its system.
Prepare for Withdrawal
Withdrawal can be very difficult. A person may experience mood swings, including intense feelings of depression and frustration. They may experience sweating, headaches, and difficulty concentrating.
Spending less time alone can help someone with withdrawal. Another person can help them stay focused and take care of them when they feel pain.
Many people experience cravings for tobacco. Consuming low-calorie snacks like apples and engaging in exercise can fight off these cravings.
Smoking is many people’s way of handling stress. Finding another way to cope with pressure can help a person avoid smoking again.
Deep breathing slows the heart rate and relaxes the muscles. Someone feeling the temptation to smoke should sit in a chair and rest their hands on their stomach and chest.
As they breathe, their stomach should move. Oxygen will flow through their body, supplying pleasurable chemicals to their farthest tissues.
Exercise can be a source of mindfulness. Yoga requires deep focus and fine motor skills, as an individual performs specific poses. This takes attention away from smoking and onto the body.
Extensive exercise like jogging and swimming facilitates parts of the brain that smoking activates. The brain generates pleasurable chemicals, uplifting a person’s mood and repairing key muscles.
Muslims can try embracing their faith more. A 2018 study found that recitations from the Quran can help a person quit smoking. Recitations can calm a person down, giving them the mental clarity they need to avoid hookah.
Live Your Healthy Life Today
Hookah, shisha, narjeela, arghile, goza, and Hubble Bubble all result in the same thing. They infuse the body with dangerous substances like nicotine.
They damage the heart and lungs, sprinkling carcinogens throughout the bloodstream. They can distract the mind from Muslim principles of self-care.
But they are not invincible. A person can find substantial reasons for quitting, then select a quit day to leave hookah behind forever. Support groups are on the Internet and at community centres.
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