Water-pipe smoking on rise in Iran

TEHRAN, May 12 (MNA) – Iranian Health Minister Kamran Baqeri-Lankarani here on Monday warned of increase in hookah smoking rate in the country.

On the sidelines of the fifth session of state Anti-Drug Headquarters, the minister called hookah smoking’s hazardous effects at least 40 times the cigarette one. 

Referring to the downward trend in “tobacco use” among the Iranian youths and young adults, he said drug smoking rate decreased by about 4%.         

But, there is an upward trend in “hookah consumption” among our youths, Lankarani lamented, urging national media to spare to efforts to raise social awareness about devastating health, social, and economic consequences of hookah smoking in a bid to reduce its consumption by various segments of the population, youngsters in particular.

According to the World Health Organization, one in ten deaths among adults worldwide is caused by tobacco. Tobacco caused 100 million deaths in the 20th century. Just in 2005, it caused an average of one death every six seconds. If current trends continue, the death toll is expected to reach over 8 million annually by 2030 and could hit one billion deaths in the 21st century.    

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MNA

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