Shisha (hookah) use grows in Brazil as experts alert to risks

With its exotic shape, the hookah (nargulié in Portuguese) is a large water pipe that can be used individually or in groups. The first records indicate that it was born in India, in the 18th century.

RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL - A recent survey by IBGE (Brazilian Institute of Geography and Statistics) identified more than 2.5 million shisha (hookah) users in Brazil in 2019.

The number of establishments focused on this public is growing across Brazil. In the city of São Paulo alone, in 2020 and despite the pandemic, more than 1,600 tobacco shops were opened. Moreover, between April and June this year, 65% of nightclubs closed by the Civil Police in São Paulo were in located in tobacco shops, where shisha was the main attraction.

Specialists alert that the attractive aroma leads . . .

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