An Emirati Gazelle Tells You the “Truth” about the Hazards of the Middle East Peace Pipe (Hookah, Shisha, Narghile)

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We usually comment on the pseudo-science to be found in academic journals or reports published by international “public health” agencies such as the WHO, for instance. We will make an exception today with a text authored by “Sam Ball” which appeared under title Shisha: Truth behind Smokescreens in “The Gazelle”, a student publication from the New York University in Abu Dhabi (NYAD, The Emirates)…

Such a publication boasts of adhering to a ««code of ethics»»… However, as many people from Asia and Africa begin to know now, when it comes to aspects of their societies and cultures, as in the case of the Middle East Peace Pipe (Hookah, Shisha, Narghile), anything can be published: from lies to plagiarised material…

Also, it is no coincidence if the Emirates have recently hosted the First Prohibitionist International Conference on ««Waterpipe»» to celebrate one decade of Big Pharma pseudo-science on the Middle East Peace Pipe…

Let us review how the so-called “code of ethics” is trodden by the contributor to the US-Emirati gazette:

« The shisha-hours-to-cigarettes claim is linked to a 2005 World Health Organization study that posited, “the waterpipe smoker may therefore inhale as much smoke during one session as a cigarette smoker would inhale consuming 100 or more cigarettes.” Critics called the findings “alarmist” and “ludicrous and anti-scientific.”

 “The same study conceded that “there is surprisingly little research addressing tobacco smoking using a waterpipe given that there are many millions of current waterpipe smokers,” and lists a total of 12 general areas where research is needed.”

Please note in the above statement how the “journalist”, who obviously knows who is the author of the sole critique of the WHO flawed report (a report whose two first sentences contain two errors….) refrains from mentioning his name and even goes so far as using the an anonymous plural form to “circle” the “ethical” “difficulty”: “Critics called…”…

Blindly defending the pseudo-science to be found in the report made-in-the-USA, the apparently chauvinist author even describes it as a “study” when critical observers are aware that it is nothing than a poor document summarising a list of carefully selected biased “studies”…

Then, Sam Ball tries to downplay the importance of the most popular and most  solid study on hookah smoking and cancer in the world (particularly because it was run on exclusive human hookah smokers) -whose main co-author is the same as above…- and this, by by offering its own distorted interpretation… In fact, from the very abstract of the study to start with, it is clear that, given the amounts of tobacco consumed by the subjects (on a daily basis and in several sessions) and the duration of smoking (decades…), hookah smoking is much less carcinogenic than cigarette smoking.

The NYAD trainee/apprentice even has the ethical cheek to add a  disparaging arrogant neo-colonial touch to his “paper”: “Studies from areas where shisha has been imbedded in the culture for centuries are more likely to return data and results that indicate that shisha is less detrimental than cigarettes or other forms of tobacco consumption”…

In fact, he feigns to ignore that the influence of the totalitarian octopus (“Global” “Tobacco “Control””) is today so strong that most doctors in Asia and Africa (including Iran…) now publish “fashionable” anti-shisha studies along the prohibitionist guidelines dictated in Washington or London…

Elsewhere, and not the least, Sam Ball awkwardly plagiarises (as Olivia Mayard did in the “Addiction” journal recently) our contribution to the Guardian journal about the chemical differences between hookah smoke and cigarette smoke…

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