Head of the Cancer Society of Russia, Head of the Department of Epidemiology and Tumor Prevention of the Blokhin National Medical Research Center of Oncology, David Zaridze, urged to control hookah smoking in the same way as cigarette smoking.
In an interview with NSN, he said that the main danger of hookahs is that little is known about them. First, the health effects of hookah smoking have not been studied. In addition, sometimes consumers do not know what the hookahs are used for. The specialist noted that there is no safe smoking of tobacco at all.
Zaridze also agreed with the opinion of Dr. Alexander Myasnikov, who said that one session of hookah smoking by the volume of inhaled vapor is more than a pack of cigarettes.
Note that in October 2020, a ban on smoking hookahs and vapes in cafes and restaurants came into force in Russia. Violators will be fined from 500 to 1.5 thousand rubles. In addition, there are sanctions for the owners of catering establishments.