Smoke is Smoke – Tobacco, Cannabis, Hookah and E-cigarettes – Limit your exposure to it!
Tobacco remains the leading cause of preventable disease and death in Canada. Tobacco use and exposure to second-hand smoke are link to cancer, heart disease and several other diseases.
But have you thought about other types of smoke?
All smoke is harmful, whether it comes from tobacco, cannabis (marijuana) or from a hookah pipe (waterpipe); smoke is smoke.
While many people know that there is no safe level of exposure to second-hand tobacco smoke, many are not aware of the health risks associated with exposure to smoke from cannabis or a hookah pipe. Just like tobacco, both produce second-hand smoke.
Let’s break it down…
Smoke from cannabis has been shown to have many of the same toxic chemicals as tobacco such as fine particles, heavy metals and carbon monoxide. Breathing in second-hand cannabis smoke could negatively affect the health of those exposed.
A hookah is a devise used to smoke tobacco and herbal products called shisha. Both tobacco and herbal shisha can produce toxic chemicals. The charcoal used to heat the shisha produces very high level of carbon monoxide, heavy metals and cancer causing chemicals.
Even though electronic cigarettes may be less harmful than tobacco, it doesn’t mean they are safe. If you don’t smoke, don’t vape!