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#211 [Permalink] Posted on 7th February 2014 22:19
Experts call for car smoking ban
7 FEBRUARY, 2014 10:34 AM



Over 500 respiratory healthcare professionals have urged the government to ban smoking in cars with children.

In a letter to the BMJ, the nurses, doctors and surgeons claim that a law is needed to "protect the wellbeing of children now and in the future".

The letter claims there is a strong consensus that exposing children to tobacco smoke is "unacceptable".

Second-hand exposure to tobacco smoke is a major cause of ill health in children, they explain.

Smoke inhalation damages the developing lung, and the Royal College of Physicians estimates that each year in the UK it is responsible for 300,000 primary care contacts, 9,500 hospital admissions, at least 200 cases of bacterial meningitis, and 40 sudden infant deaths.

Most of this additional burden of disease falls on the more disadvantaged children in society, and all of it is avoidable, they add.

Nurse Rebecca Sherrington, chairwoman of the Association of Respiratory Nurse Specialists, said: "Many people don't realise quite how serious second-hand smoke can be for children, especially in the concentrations that can build up in the car.

"Parents are often surprised that it can lead to illnesses such as ear infections, meningitis and cot death."

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#212 [Permalink] Posted on 12th March 2014 21:07
Shisha or Isha?

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#213 [Permalink] Posted on 24th March 2014 22:21
Accidental poisonings from e-cig liquid becoming morecommon
By Jacob Kastrenakes



The case may still be out on the health risks of smoking e-cigarettes, but news is barreling in about the potential dangers of the liquids that these devices turn into vapor. According to The New York Times, the number of calls to poison control centers because someone imbibed or was otherwise exposed to the liquid nicotine mixture - often called e-liquid - that's used to refill e-cigs has skyrocketed over the past few years, reaching over 1,300 in 2013, up 300 percent from the year before. Of those cases, 365 were reportedly referred to hospitals, a figure that also tripled from the year prior. Total calls is reportedly on track to double in 2014.

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#214 [Permalink] Posted on 17th September 2014 16:08

This isn't exactly smoking, but see the dangers of smoking next to the other killers.

 

Another Look At Why Alcohol May Be More Dangerous Than Heroin

An authoritative 2010 study led by former UK drug czar David Nutt found alcohol to be the most dangerous drug in the country. The research rated 20 drugs based on 16 criteria: nine related to the harms that a drug produces in the individual and seven to the harms to others.

This chart from Nutt's study showed the overall rankings:

drugsThe Lancet

 

"Our findings  ... accord with the conclusions of previous expert reports that aggressively targeting alcohol harm is a valid and necessary public health strategy," the authors of the study wrote.

Another way to view the study's findings has been published by 12 Keys Recovery. The infographic details types of harm caused by each drug and looks at the two types of harm. Alcohol stands out, especially in regard to collateral damage.

Collateral Damage Drugs


 

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#215 [Permalink] Posted on 22nd October 2014 09:40
Shisha The Silent Killer

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#216 [Permalink] Posted on 30th January 2015 10:34
Shisha - the Truth


From
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Jāmiah Khātamun Nabiyeen (JKN), Bradford UK
Chief Editor: Shaykh Muftil Saiful Islam

A comprehensive and informative article on the harms and rulings of shisha smoking with the following titles....

Change of Rulings with the Change of Circumstances
Some can argue that the previous Indian-subcontinent scholars issued a verdict of Shisha generally being Makrooh-e-Tanzeehi (which merely means disliked but not unlawful). Many Fuqahā (Muslims Jurists) like Imām Ibn Ābideen As-Shāmi v have made it explicit that rulings and verdicts can vary due to the change of time and circumstances that are discussed by the clas-sical scholars in the books related to issuing verdicts.....

Background on Shisha (Water-Pipe Tobacco Smoking)
Shisha is a water-pipe used to smoke a flavoured to-bacco known as molasses. There are many common names given to water pipe smoking such as Hukkah, Argileh, Marghile, Shisha and hubble-bubble.......

Description of the Usage of the Water-Pipe Smoking

A water-pipe mainly consists of four main parts:

Health Effects According to Health Experts

Contrary to what Shisha smokers commonly believe, Shisha is associated with serious health risks......

Social Harms According to the ALA (American Lung Association) Report

The Islamic Perspective
So far we have looked at the harmful effects of Shisha from a medical perspective, now I shall discuss the

The Opening of Shisha Bars
What is the Islamic Ruling of those People’s Income Who Provide Water-pipe Smoking (Shisha)


Conclusion......

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#217 [Permalink] Posted on 30th January 2015 11:48
Conclusion from pdf

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By now it has become apparent that smoking Shisha is associated with many serious harmful effects medically, physically and spiritually. Shisha cannot be classed as Makrooh-e-Tanzeehi (which merely implies to a disliked act and no sin). Smoking Shisha infringes many of the Islamic laws which renders it to be unlawful. Furthermore, the Shisha bars that currently operate today consist of many unlawful activities and pose a serious threat to the Muslim community. What goes on behind the scenes in many of these bars makes them no different to pubs with the exception that alcohol is not served. Due to the severity of the crime, the Fatwa in our time in regards to Shisha is HARĀM or at least MAKROOH-E-TAHREEMI as both terms imply it to be unlawful and a sinful act and the income received in providing it or opening Shisha bars cannot be classed as Halāl income.


Very good article and a very large file too, therefore I would still recommend those in doubt to download it and read it in full. I've only reproduced the conclusion for those who won't be able to download the file so easily (via mobile)
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#218 [Permalink] Posted on 30th January 2015 13:04

 

Informative thread but I ofcourse recommend the legal stuff, Insha'Allah for those who wish to indulge.

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#219 [Permalink] Posted on 30th January 2015 20:31
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I actually googled "sufi spliff" and found this

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#220 [Permalink] Posted on 4th February 2015 19:37
What I've been waiting for for a long time is finally here. The harms of e-cigarettes



Secondhand Smoke Goes Electronic With Damaging Free Radicals From E-Cig Vapor

Feb 4, 2015 02:00 PM
By Justin Caba

Exposure to e-cigarette vapor can compromise your immune system.


When electronic cigarettes hit the U.S. market back in 2007, not all health care practitioners were quick to label them a safer alternative to traditional cigarettes with nicotine. A recent study conducted at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health has revealed that exposing mice to e-cigarette vapor results in a compromised immune system in the lungs as well as exposure to potentially dangerous chemicals found in traditional cigarettes.

"Our findings suggest that e-cigarettes are not neutral in terms of the effects on the lungs," Dr. Shyam Biswal, a professor in the Department of Environmental Health Sciences at the Bloomberg School, said in a statement. "We have observed that they increase the susceptibility to respiratory infections in the mouse models. This warrants further study in susceptible individuals, such as COPD patients who have switched from cigarettes to e-cigarettes or to new users of e-cigarettes who may have never used cigarettes."

Biswal and his colleagues placed one group of mice into an inhalation chamber where they were exposed to e-cigarette vapor equal to actual human e-cigarette inhalation over the course of two weeks. A second group of mice were placed in a different inhalation chamber where they were exposed to air. Following e-cigarette vapor or air exposure, each group of mice were divided into three subgroups. One subgroup received nasal drops with Streptococcus pneumonia, the second group received nasal drops with virus Influenza A, and the third group did not receive any virus or bacteria.


Mice that were exposed to e-cigarette vapor experienced compromised immune responses to both the virus and the bacteria more often than mice that were exposed to air. Some of the mice exposed to e-cigarette vapor also died by the end of the study due to their compromised immune systems. The research team found that e-cigarette vapor’s effect on the immune system was likely due to “free radicals,” highly reactive toxins found in cigarette smoke and air pollution that can cause cell death by damaging DNA and other molecule found in cells.

"E-cigarette vapor alone produced mild effects on the lungs, including inflammation and protein damage," said Dr. Thomas Sussan, lead author and an assistant scientist in the Department of Environmental Health Sciences at the Bloomberg School. "However, when this exposure was followed by a bacterial or viral infection, the harmful effects of e-cigarette exposure became even more pronounced. The e-cigarette exposure inhibited the ability of mice to clear the bacteria from their lungs, and the viral infection led to increased weight loss and death indicative of an impaired immune response."

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, over a quarter million middle and high school students who have never smoked a traditional cigarette admitted to using e-cigarettes in 2013. This proportion of America’s youth who smoked an e-cigarette increased significantly from 79,000 in 2011 to more than 263,000 in 2013. Although e-cigarettes generally contain less nicotine than traditional cigarettes, actual nicotine intake among e-cigarette users is usually equal to cigarette smokers.


A similar study conducted by researchers from France’s National Consumer’s Institute found that e-cigarettes contain just as much or even more toxins than traditional cigarettes. French researchers tested 10 different e-cigarette vapors looking for any signs of carcinogenic molecules commonly found in traditional cigarettes. Three of the e-cigarette molecules tested positive for formaldehyde levels that were around the amount found in traditional cigarettes. Some of the models also tested positive for acrolein levels that were higher than in normal cigarettes. Acrolein is a toxic chemical that turns to vapor when heated and causes significant damage to the lungs.

Source: Sussan T, Biswal S, et al. PLOS ONE. 2015.
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#221 [Permalink] Posted on 11th February 2015 22:25
Smokers have thinner brain cortex and could have impaired thinking

By ANDREW GRIFFIN
Wednesday 11 February 2015

A key part of the brain that is needed for thinking skills is smaller in smokers, new research has found.

The findings show that smoking has an impact on brain functioning — as well as the heart and lungs.

The outer brain layer or brain cortex is thinner in smokers, researchers have found. And while some of the thickness might come back after they quit, that might not happen.

A new study by researchers at the University of Edinburgh looked at the MRI scans of smokers with an average age of 73. The scans, alongside careful image analysis and statistical models, found that those that smoked tended to have a thinner brain cortex.

Those that had given up for time had a thicker cortex than those that gave up recently, even if they had been smoking for longer, giving scientists hope that the thickness of the layer could recover over time if smokers give up. But researchers said that they needed more repeat studies to understand fully how the brain recovers.


All of those tested were part of the Lothian Brain Cohort. That is a group of people who were born in 1936 and took part in the Scottish Mental Survey in 1947. They have been key to new research about the brain and ageing, including the impact of complex jobs on how we age.
The research was led by Ian Deary, director of the centre for cognitive ageing and cognitive epidemiology at the University of Edinburgh. Commenting on the results, he said: "It is important to know what is associated with brain health in older age.

“From these data we have found a small link between smoking and having thinner brain grey matter in some regions.”

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#222 [Permalink] Posted on 20th February 2015 09:34
12 Secrets You Should Know About Shisha

The information about the effects of Shisha in the body had been written and read by many. But people want to read more about this sensational Shisha. At present, people won’t believe a thing without facts on it. So one would like to know the important details about what about Shisha that makes people so intrigue and what sets it apart from cigarette. Facts about the inside story why Shisha had the particular effects in the body and why Shisha users want more of it, making them smoke more and more everyday. Does Shisha contain more harmful substance than cigarette smoking? Are there similarities and differences between the Shisha waterpipe and cigarette as to the modality of the harmful substances it can deliver to the body of the user?

Questions like these need answers.

This is a point where you ought to know more about Shisha. Here are important secret facts that you need to know.

1. Same effects with cigarette.
Smoking Shisha and breathing second hand smoke from waterpipes can be presumed to have similar effects as exposure to cigarette smoke. The belief of some that Shisha is harmless only leads to their own destruction. Shisha is as dangerous as cigarette smoking.

2. Shisha contains more carbon monoxide.
Shisha contains carbon monoxide (CO) in amounts equal to or greater than that from cigarettes. CO replaces oxygen on red blood cells, making it harder for the body to deliver oxygen to vital organs which can later lead to organ damage.

3. Shisha smoking has cancer causing substance.
Smoking Shisha contains significant amounts of nicotine, levels of costic compounds such as tar, carbon monoxide (car exhaust), heavy metals like cobalt, and lead; and a host of cancer causing chemicals.

4. Prone to Addiction.
Shisha smoking produces similar increased blood nicotine levels and heart rate as cigarette use. The inhaled substances trigger chemical reactions in nerve endings, this release dopamine; which is associated with the feeling of pleasure. This seems to play an important role in nicotine addiction. A Shisha smoker is still smoking tobacco and the nicotine in it causes dependence after using it for several times.

5. Charcoal in Shisha increased the risk of diseases.
Unlike cigarettes, Shisha smoke may also contain charcoal or wood cinder combustion products from the heat source used to burn the tobacco, increasing the cancer-causing agents in the smoke. Apart from the harmful effect of the chemical, the end product produced by the charcoal only intensifies the damage it can cause to the body.

6. Damaged different body organs.
Shisha smoke is associated with increased risk of disease including cancer, heart disease, lung disease and many other deadly ailments. It might not be noticeable now but the harmful chemicals are already slowly damaging certain parts of the body of a Shisha user.

7. Shisha delivers more smoke in the body.
Of concern, smokers of water pipes may be exposed to even more smoke than cigarette smokers because water pipe smoking sessions last from 20-80 minutes during which a smoker may inhale as much smoke as that from 100 or more cigarettes. This only magnified and multiplied the effects of smoking Shisha.

8. Known by many names.
So be informed to be familiar, Shisha are one name for waterpipes, which is a method of smoking tobacco. Other names include: hookah, boory, goza, narghile, nargile, arghile, and hubble bubble.

9. Shisha has a flavoured tobacco.
The most common form of tobacco smoked in a water pipe is called Maassel, which is sweetened and flavored in such flavors as apple, mint, cappuccino, etc.

10. More rampant in some counties.
Shisha water pipes are most common in areas of China, India, Pakistan, and the Eastern Mediterranean Region, as well as United States. Also to be noted, that Shisha outlet had been showing up like mushroom in different parts of the globe today.

11. Shisha has adverse effects during pregnancy.
Pregnant women smoking a Shisha are putting their unborn child at great risk for low birth weight and other birthing problems.

12. Shisha can spread infectious diseases.
Other health risk includes the spread of infectious diseases like tuberculosis, herpes, and hepatitis. Viral infections can be transmitted through the sharing of the same mouthpiece; a common custom in many cultures.

In conclusion, the available evidence suggests that smoking Shisha waterpipes and being exposed to second-hand smoke from water pipes are associated with a high degree of health risk, including cancer risk. There is a widespread misperception that Shisha smoking is safe. In general, people know little about its health effects and believe that it is less harmful than cigarette smoking. Another common misperception among Shisha users is that they will not suffer any adverse consequences if they smoke occasionally rather than daily like most cigarette smokers. Yet even occasional users could be harmed because they probably inhale lot of smoke full of toxic substances during smoking sessions that typically last for 45 minutes to over an hour both directly and through secondhand smoke.

Knowing this facts will aide you now of why Shisha could have this big impact in your health and well being.

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#223 [Permalink] Posted on 31st August 2016 09:53
E-cigarettes as bad for heart as smoking experts warn as study finds devices cause damage to vital artery

The findings sparked warnings from leading experts that the devices may be “far more dangerous than people realise”
E-cigarettes are as bad for your heart as smoking, a new study shows.

The research found that they cause "similar" damage to your heart's most vital artery - the aorta - as regular cigarettes.

On Monday night, Professor Peter Weissberg, Medical Director of the British Heart Foundation and one of Britain's most senior doctors, said: “The findings show that e-cigarettes have a similar effect to normal cigarettes on the stiffness of the main blood vessel in the body."

He said the discovery was "important" and warned it "shows that e-cigarettes cannot be assumed to be risk free".
The research was revealed at the world's biggest heart conference in Rome.

It comes amid growing controversy over the safety of e-cigarettes.

There is growing evidence that chemicals released by the devices cause long-term harm including lung damage, heart complications, cancer and stillbirth in pregnant women.

Now researchers at the annual congress of the European Society of Cardiology have warned that Public Health England's recommendation of e-cigarettes to Brits was premature. They added that they would not encourage the use of the devices.
The study involved a group of adults with an average age of 30. Their hearts were monitored while they vaped, and also when they smoked regular cigarettes.

Researchers found a typical vaping session had a "similar" impact on the stiffness of the aorta - the main artery into the heart - as smoking.

The study concluded: "Electronic cigarette smoking over 30 minutes induces an unfavourable effect on aortic stiffness similar to tobacco cigarette smoking.

"Given the prognostic role of aortic stiffness on cardiovascular disease risk, electronic cigarette smoking may still be considered a hazardous smoking method."

Lead researcher Professor Charalambos Vlachopoulos, of the University of Athens Medical School, said: "We measured aortic stiffness. If the aorta is stiff you multiply your risk of dying, either from heart diseases or from other causes.”

The negative effects shown from a 30 minute session vaping were similar to those from five minutes' smoking a cigarette, the study found.

Researchers said comparing 30 minutes vaping to five minutes cigarette smoking was the most accurate way to compare the two because it "mimics the common pattern" of vaping and smoking and also means nicotine delivery is evenly matched.

This is because nicotine delivery rate from e-cigarettes "is far lower and slower" than regular cigarettes, the researchers said.

Professor Vlachopoulos said: “The aorta is like a balloon next to the heart. The more stiff the balloon is, the more difficult for the heart to pump.

"It's the most powerful biomarker we have for estimating cardiovascular risk."

The experiments, which involved 24 adults, only compared the short-term effects of e-cigarettes and smoking.
The cardiologist said the long-term risks of vaping remain unknown - but that he would not recommend their use.
Professor Vlachopoulos accepted that his research was a small study and only examined the short-term effects.
But he added: ”The value of the acute study is that it gives an insight of how long your aorta is stressed throughout the day - because this happens throughout the day, this is something that happens repeatedly. This is what the research is getting at.

“There could be long term heart dangers. They are far more dangerous than people realise.”
And he slammed Public Health England's controversial stance on e-cigarettes.

He said: "I wouldn't recommend them now as a method to give up smoking. I think the UK has rushed into adopting this method.
"It is very strong view that the UK is taking on the issue - all the other countries and regulatory bodies, the FDA, have not accepted that - the idea that they are 95% more safe.

"I think that the UK has rushed into adopting this method. Unless its well explored and well standardised it cannot be used as a smoking cessation method.

"Given the knowledge that we have so far, other countries have been more cautious. The FDA (in the US) hasn't done a statement like Public Health England.

"My studies and other studies suggest that there is a negative effect on the cardiovascular system overall so I would be very cautious."

Official figures from the Office of National Statistics show a record 2.2million Brits regularly used e-cigarettes in 2015.
Leading British heart experts last night (MON) said the study showed e-cigarettes have a "similar" effect to regular cigarettes on the stiffness of the aorta. They said far more research was needed to examine the long-term safety of the devices.
Professor Peter Weissberg, Medical Director at the British Heart Foundation, said: “We know an increasing number of people are turning to e-cigarettes to help them quit.

“This important study tries to determine if e-cigarette smoking has any harmful effects on our blood vessels. The findings show that e-cigarettes have a similar effect to normal cigarettes on the stiffness of the main blood vessel in the body."
He added: "Although the study was not designed to show whether e-cigarettes can cause long term damage to our blood vessels, it shows that e-cigarettes cannot be assumed to be risk free. Much more research is needed to establish the safety of long term use of these devices.”

Professor Robert West, from University College London, one of Britain's leading experts in quitting smoking, said it was not clear whether the effects were simply a short-term effect caused by nicotine, or a sign of something more concerning.
He added: “It would certainly be fair to say the study shows that electronic cigarettes are not without any risk - the critical question is how much risk?”

However, Deborah Arnott, chief executive of Action on Smoking and Health, a group who have repeatedly backed the use of e-cigarettes, disagreed with the British Heart Foundation's take on the study. She said it did "not prove that e-cigarettes are as hazardous as smoking".

She highlighted other findings from the study, showing that if a vaping session was limited to five minutes - which the researchers cautioned was not a fair comparison - the impact on aortic stiffness was less than that associated with a cigarette.
Rosanna O'Connor, director of drugs, alcohol and tobacco at Public Health England, vowed the body would review the new research.
But she insisted: “Vaping carries a fraction of the risk of smoking yet many smokers are still not aware, which could be keeping people smoking rather than switching to a much less harmful alternative.”

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#224 [Permalink] Posted on 5th December 2016 17:36

This is not what I expected to find randomly, but my guess is that this work/answer needs a major update after all the new evidence that has come to light, meaning that even if it was used for digesting the food, it should still be  Makruh Tanzihi

 

 

What is the ruling on Huqqah?

 

What is the ruling on Huqqah?

In the name of Allah, the most Beneficent, the most Merciful.

Answer

Hadhrat Maulana Ashraf Ali Thanwi (RA) has written, “Without any valid reason to smoke huqqah is Makruh Tanzihi. To smoke it in order to digest the food is not Makruh itself, but because the smell it produces it will be Makruh Tanzihi” (Imdadul Fatawa p.114 v.4)

Only Allah Knows Best

Mohammed Tosir Miah

Darul Ifta Birmingham.

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#225 [Permalink] Posted on 14th June 2017 16:55
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Harms of Shisha by Mufti Abdur Rahman ibn Yusuf
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