March 13, 2008, - 12:59 pm
Hookah-licious Natural Selection: Arabic Pipe Use Spreads Herpes, But Muslims Resist Regulation Efforts
By Debbie Schlussel
G-d, er . . . “Allah,” works in mysterious ways.
Not only is smoking a hookah pipe–popular among Arabs in the Mid-East and here in the West–exponentially far more dangerous to your health than smoking cigarettes, it’s also an effective way of spreading herpes and other diseases:
College students who opt for the supposedly safe smoke of a hookah pipe are sucking in the chemical equivalent of dozens of cigarettes and are risking mouth herpes and other diseases, a Colorado State University doctor says.
In the past couple of weeks, two CSU students, and possibly a third, developed mouth herpes shortly after attending their first sessions at Fort Collins hookah bars, said Dr. Jane Higgins, infection control physician at CSU’s Hartshorn Health Services. . . .
A typical session with a pipe at a hookah bar lasts 45 minutes to an hour and costs $10 to $20, the report said. The shisha tobacco used in hookah pipes often is soaked in molasses and honey.
Research has shown that one hour on a hookah pipe exposes the user to 100 to 200 times the volume of smoke of a single cigarette, according to the report, which is available at The Bacchus Network’s Web site, which is devoted to keeping college students healthier.
The smoke also has high levels of arsenic, lead and nickel, 36 times the tar of a single cigarette and 15 times the carbon dioxide.
In Michigan, state legislators are trying to regulate hookah use. But Arab Muslim institutions, like the pan-Hezbollah American Arab Chamber of Commerce are against it.
And this is one case where I agree with my nemeses at this phony “Chamber of Commerce” that includes as its members illegal aliens, like Faris Alami, who continues to defraud immigration authorities:
“We have to protect our young,” said Fouad Ashkar, vice chair of the board for the American Arab Chamber of Commerce. “At the same time, we don’t want to put rules and regulations on our members.”
I hope that all of my “Religion of Peace” “cousins” keep on keepin’ on with the hookah. Enjoy. Just don’t spread your herpes to the Infidel airheadettes with whom you conjugate. Or perhaps, you should. That’s natural selection, too.
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