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The critique of the WHO Report on Hookah (Narghile, Shisha) Smoking (*) was cited in:

(*) K.C. A Critique of the WHO’s TobReg “Advisory Note” entitled: “Waterpipe Tobacco Smoking: Health Effects, Research Needs and Recommended Actions by Regulators”. Journal of Negative Results in Biomedicine 2006; 5:17. http://www.jnrbm.com/content/5/1/17


Around 10,000 unique visits (Aug 2007) on the above site. However the "article is also available through PubMed Central, and overall statistics indicate that [the] article will have been accessed on PubMed Central a roughly equivalent number of times, doubling its total visibility."

Therefore, around 20,000 visits.


> Pam REES, Directorate of Public Health, 2007 and the Leicester City NHS (National Health Service), Primary Care Trust: Facts about Sheesha

> Jewish Telegraph (August, 9, 2007)  

Nargila craze danger to youth. "[...] But [Dr Kamal T.C.] criticised the WHO study, claiming it contained "multiple errors". He said: "The study's bibliographical references dismiss relevant studies. The study also contains many errors, including biomedical, sociological, anthropological and historical." [Dr Kamal T.C.]’s aim was not to claim that nargila smoking is safe or healthy, but to improve the WHO's study. He acknowledges that he "shares the same health concerns stemming from the growing use of nargila in the world".

* Has the Nargila craze spread to other British Jewish communities or do you know anyone affected by it? Phone Robert Clayton on 0161 741 2631. Telephone the office 0161 740 9321 to order a back copy.

> Study by Lebanese Team of Lung Specialists:

Bacha ZA, Salameh P, Waked M. Saliva cotinine and exhaled carbon monoxide levels in natural environment waterpipe smokers. Inhal Toxicol. 2007 Jul;19(9):771-7.

"Indeed, “waterpipe” smoking is now considered by the World Health Organization to be a global public health threat (WHO, 2005). However, the WHO report has been criticized, and errors were shown, dealing with the chemistry of smoke, health-related effects, smoking patterns, description and history of the device and its use, gender and underage use aspects, and prevention and research needs in this field (Chaouachi, 2006): Chaouachi suggested that many results were drawn in artificially produced and unrealistic conditions in a laboratory, which led to confusion and overestimation of waterpipe toxicity."