The Director of the National Cardiothoracic Centre (NCTC), Dr. Lawrence Agyeman Sereboe, has advised the youth especially to stay away from smoking shisha, since this behavior has a high risk of resulting in heart diseases.
He said that even though smokers find the smoking of shisha trendy and fashionable, it is very dangerous to their health, explaining that smoking shisha for one hour is equivalent to smoking about a 100 sticks of cigarettes.
Shisha smoking, according to an article by young scot is a way of smoking tobacco through a bowl with a hose or tube joined on. The tube has a mouthpiece that the smoker uses to breath in the smoke and Wood, coal or charcoal is burned in the shisha pipe to heat the tobacco and create the smoke.
It comes in sweet flavours which includes apple, strawberry, mint and cola. These flavors has increased its patronage and has caused the youth to think that this kind is milder than cigarette smoking.
Dr. Sereboe, who was speaking at the 2018 launch of the World Heart Day in Accra, stated that tobacco in any form is harmful to the body, adding that shisha tobacco contains cigarette tobacco, so like cigarettes it contains nicotine, tar, carbon monoxide and heavy metals such as arsenic and lead.
As a result, he said shisha smokers are at risk of the same kinds of diseases as cigarette smokers such as heart disease, cancer, respiratory disease and problems during pregnancy.
To this end, Dr. Sereboe stressed the need for Ghanaians to cultivate a healthy lifestyle in order to reduce cardiovascular-related diseases that have been on the increase in recent years.
Touching on the theme for the commemoration of the day on September 29, 2018, Dr. Sereboe explained that lack of regular exercises and the intake of fatty and sugary foods are gradually increasing the risks of heart diseases in the country.
Speaking on the theme,‘My Heart, for Your Heart, For All our Hearts,’ Dr Seroboe said that is an all encompassing call for individuals to make a personal commitment to improve upon the conditions of their heart.
Mr. Emmanuel Kofi Nti, Commissioner General, Ghana Revenue Authority (GRA), brand ambassador for the World Heart Day, in a speech read on his behalf challenged Ghanaians to have healthy lifestyles in order to set good example for the next generation.