Archive for the ‘Hookahs/Shisha / Water Pipes’ Category

Regulation has cigar lovers smoking mad

RICHMOND, Va. — Sometimes a cigar isn’t just a cigar. ... read more >>

HC gives BMC six weeks to act against hookah parlours

Hookah parlours in the city now stand to lose their licenses if they don’t abide by the provisions of Cigarettes and Tobacco Products Prohibition Act and Smoking in Public Places rules. The Bombay High Court (HC) on Thursday directed the civic body to include a condition in licenses issued to eating houses, saying that any eating house not abiding by the provisions of these two acts is likely to face action. ... read more >>

Oregon lawmakers aim to limit growth of hookah lounges

SALEM — As Oregon lawmakers and advocacy groups have sought to make the state’s indoor buildings smoke free, they say one type of business was unintentionally exempted from the rules — hookah lounges. Hookah lounges are popular among college-age kids, who frequent the businesses to hang out, study and socialize while smoking flavored tobacco from water pipes. ... read more >>

Cigarette-making shops start drawing attention

RACINE COUNTY – Some states are looking at make-your-own-cigarettes shops and smelling something foul. The Wall Street Journal reported that New Hampshire sued several retailers, contending they act as cigarette manufacturers and should pay applicable fees. Michigan recently warned shops there that using the machines constitutes manufacturing; it said they must obtain a manufacturer license and meet other requirements or face criminal and civil penalties. Michigan also said retailers could not sell cigarettes without a tax stamp or face penalties. ... read more >>

Hookah Smoking Replacing Cigarettes?

Young Americans are smoking fewer cigarettes, but researchers say that progress is threatened by an increasingly popular cultural import — the tall, ornate water pipe known as the hookah. What started as a fad for smoking exotic and flavor-soaked tobacco in hookah bars is showing worrisome staying power, according to a study released on Tuesday by the Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center in Winston-Salem, North Carolina. ... read more >>

Smoke on the water

The liquid inside a hookah is generally made by blending fresh dark leaves, fruit pulp, honey or molasses, and glycerin. Also, available in a wide variety of flavours, smokers experiment by adding ice, fruit juice, milk, red bull or even wine to water in the glass vase in order to change the taste, texture, or effect of the smoke. “All flavours are inspired by different substances and basically have tobacco, in which you add fruit flavours. There are also flavours that include pan or ones like coffee which are not fruit-based,” says Joey, a graduate, who goes on to explain, “I like sheesha because it calms me down. It’s very relaxing.” ... read more >>

Hubbly bubbly not safer

YOUNG Americans are smoking fewer­ cigarettes, but researchers say that progress is threatened by an increasingly popular cultural import — the tall, ornate water pipe known as the hookah or hubbly bubbly. What started as a fad for smoking exotic and flavour-soaked tobacco in hookah bars is showing worrisome staying power, according to a study released by the Wake Forest Baptist Medical Centre in Winston-Salem, North Carolina. ... read more >>

Researchers fret over popularity of hookah smoking

What started as a fad for smoking exotic and flavor-soaked tobacco in hookah bars is showing worrisome staying power, according to a study released on Tuesday by the Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center in Winston-Salem, North Carolina. “This may serve as a starter product for other tobacco uses,” said Erin L. Sutfin, an assistant professor and lead author of the study. ... read more >>

Bong users facing higher risk of passing TB: research

SHARING bongs to smoke marijuana puts people at a higher risk of contracting pulmonary tuberculosis, medical research says. Calvary Mater Hospital in Newcastle’s Michael Hayes and Susan Miles will present research at the Thoracic Society of Australia and New Zealand conference in Perth tomorrow that suggests a link between active TB cases and sharing the water-pipes traditionally used to smoke cannabis. ... read more >>

Heading for a reduced harm future? Whither the cigarette?

The main thrust of tobacco control legislation is to reduce the harm done by smoking. This has led to health warnings, smoking bans and advertising restrictions. It has also led to compulsory filters and legislation to reduce tar. Short of banning the manufacture of cigarettes, where else will it lead and what product will tobacco consumers be buying in 2050? ... read more >>

You don’t have to be a smoker for insurance companies to say you are

About four years ago, I took an insurance application for a 22-year-old named Anne. Having known Anne and her parents from church for about 20 years, I knew she was the ideal applicant: young, vibrantly healthy, a non-smoker, with no illegal drug use. We completed a health insurance application and waited for the results. A few days later the insurance company requested a paramed exam which included urinalysis. ... read more >>