President of Turkish Anti Smoking Association Assoc. Prof. Mustafa Aydın ''We Can Get Rid of Hookah With the Decision to Close''
President of Turkish anti-smoking association assoc. Prof. Mustafa Aydın said “Hookah increases the risk of infection of Corona Virus by 100 percent. For this reason, closing the hookah cafes as a precaution may be an opportunity to get rid of hookah.”
<p><span style="text-align: justify;">Warnings are continuing for the transmission of the new type of Corona Virus Infection (Covid-19), which occurred in Wuhan, China, and has been seen in more than 150 countries in a short time. Following the experts' statement that smokers are at risk regardless of age, President of Turkish Anti-Smoking Association Assoc. Prof. </span><strong style="text-align: justify;">Mustafa Aydın</strong><span style="text-align: justify;"> made evaluations about hookah.</span></p><p style="text-align: justify;"><strong>"It increases the risk of infection by 100 percent"</strong></p><p style="text-align: justify;">Expressing that hookah increases the infection of many diseases, especially Covid-19, by 100 percent, <strong>Assoc. Prof. Aydın</strong> said "Hookah cafes closed due to Covid-19 measures offer us an opportunity to get rid of hookahs. First of all, hookah smoke comes to the smoker through the liquid in the vial and the particles in the smoke get wet and stick to the mouth and throat. This causes many diseases, especially throat cancer. Most importantly, hookah is used in places called 'Hookah Café' and it is used by tens of people every day. The tube of the hookah is germ-infested. It increases the risk by 100 percent for all kinds of infectious diseases, especially Covid-19. Moreover, the mouthpiece apparatus, which is attached to the tube and called the sipsi, cannot prevent this infection risk. Especially the types that are designed to be used by several people at the same time carry a much greater risk."</p><p style="text-align: justify;"><strong>"It is more dangerous than smoking"</strong></p><p style="text-align: justify;">Reminding that as TSSD, we have been warning about hookah for years, Assoc. Prof. Aydın, "Hookah is always a riskier habit than smoking. Because, its tobacco, tube and trunk are very suitable environments for the growth of harmful microorganisms. Moreover, they are trying to give an intellectual atmosphere to the use of hookah recently with titles such as "hookah conversations". It should not be allowed to be played with the health and future of our people and youth. Both the hookah, the cigarette, the electronic cigarette are damaging the lungs. The organ most affected by Covid-19 is the lung. Tobacco products also suppress the immune system."</p>