At Dubai’s American Hospital, pulmonology chief Dr. Emad Kowalti is satisfied to see around 20 patients every month seeking support to quit smoking, but is disappointed that this figure has remained unchanged for the past 12 months. ‘It’s stayed the same because smoking tobacco cessation is not a one-man job. To make a real impact, we need for a big effort from the state government, the media, physicians, even schools, because the smoking problem starts at a young age.’ He argued to submits that purpose between 25 and 30 per cent of Dubai’s current inhabitants smokers.
The most common cause of death in the world is heart disease, and the doctor accentuates the fact that 90 per cent of heart surgery patients are smokers. ‘The second main cause of death is
stroke, and 50 to 60 per cent of inhabitants who have strokes are smokers,’ he argued. It’s sharply a coincidence.
When it comes to hookahs, Dr. Kowalti believes that smoking addiction is becoming more extended in Dubai. ‘It’s increasing because of all the shisha bars that are opening and widespread around the streets of Dubai,’ he reported. ‘That is a serious main factor.’ Think hookah isn’t as dangerous as cigs? Dr. Kowalti noted that shisha is not addictive with significant modesty. ‘Shisha is also tobacco, and tobacco contains nicotine, and nicotine is addictive.’