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Where there’s smoke

BMJ 2013; 346 doi: (Published 17 June 2013) Cite this as: BMJ 2013;346:f3538
  1. Isobel Weinberg, editor, Student BMJ

Why do some medical students smoke? After seeing smoking appear in list after list of risk factors for a whole heap of diseases, they certainly can’t plead ignorance. At least, that’s true for cigarettes. But have students grasped the harms of shisha smoking? Alexander Isted’s article on p 10 (doi:10.1136/sbmj.f2327). suggests not. Misconceptions abound: cold water in the shisha pipe filters toxins from the smoke (wrong), shisha is less harmful than cigarettes (wrong), shisha isn’t harmful (definitely wrong). A survey asked young people to guess what the “cigarette equivalent” of an hour’s shisha smoking is. Most guess 10 or fewer cigarettes; the true figure is 50-100. …

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