Hookah is legal in Portugal, however, you are not allowed to smoke hookah outside designated smoking rooms like indoor public places, educational facilities, and healthcare facilities.
For those of you who don’t know what Hookah is, it is a single- or multi-stemmed instrument for heating or vaporizing and then smoking either tobacco, flavored tobacco (often muʽassel), or sometimes cannabis, hashish, and opium. The smoke is passed through a water basin often glass-based—before inhalation.
Hookah is commonly known as “Shisha” in Portugal. You can go to any hookah place and ask for a Shisha. Hookah is an Indian name, the English name for Hookah is “Waterpipe”.
Smoking Hookah is gaining popularity among the youth in Portugal. According to a survey conducted by national health, Hookah smoking was found to be the second most popular habit after cigarette smoking in Portugal.
Is Hookah in Portugal worse than cigarettes?
Yes, it is. Because of the way a hookah is used, people who smoke hookah may absorb more of the toxic substances also found in cigarette smoke than people who smoke cigarettes do. In a typical 1-hour hookah smoking session, users may inhale 100–200 times the amount of smoke they would inhale from a single cigarette.
60 minutes of hookah is equal to smoking 40- 400 cigarettes. 1 hr of hookah exposes the smoker to 100-200x the amount of smoke inhaled from 1 cigarette.
Does Hookah in Portugal get you high?
Hookah smoking won’t get you high. However, the tobacco in it can give you a buzz. You may feel lightheaded, relaxed, dizzy, or wobbly. Hookah smoking can also make you feel sick to your stomach.
Hookah smoke that you inhale can contain 36 times more tar than cigarette smoke, 15 times the carbon monoxide, and 70% more nicotine than one cigarette. Hookah smokers may absorb more toxins and cancer-causing chemicals than cigarette smokers.
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