Riley in his usual onslaught of daily inbox giggle included this particular note on the good old Hubbly Bubbly, a social phenomena which has never really carried any weight with me and is still something you won’t find me partaking in. However, I thought it a good idea to share this anti-Bubbly bit of propaganda with the rest of you who do…

Excerpt taken from who knows where, but it appears legit and Martha Molete is indeed the Head of Communication at the Cancer Association of South Africa (CANSA)


Smoking a hubbly bubbly, also known as a hookah, waterpipe or narghile, is not a safe alternative to smoking. It is associated with many of the same risks as smoking and may, in fact, involve some unique health risks says the Cancer Association of South Africa (CANSA).

A typical one hour long waterpipe smoking session involves inhaling 100 – 200 times the volume of smoke inhaled from a single cigarette. Even after the smoke has passed through the water, it still contains high levels of toxic compounds, including carbon monoxide, metals and cancer causing chemicals.

There is no proof that any device or accessory can make waterpipe smoking safer.

“Young people are lead to believe using waterpipes are safe and fun but they are deadly” says Gerda Strauss, Head of Health Progammes at CANSA. “We need to educate the population on the serious health risks associated with waterpipe use to prevent an increase in tobacco related deaths”.

The waterpipe was invented in India during the 16th century; it was thought that passing the smoke through water made the smoke harmless. This misconception is still believed by many today, but the smoke that emerges from a waterpipe contains numerous toxins known to cause lung cancer, heart disease and other diseases. While water does absorb some of the nicotine, waterpipe smokers can be exposed to sufficient doses of this drug to cause addiction, making trying to quit the habit difficult.

The popularity of waterpipe smoking appears to be encouraged by the social nature of the activity as well as the unfounded assumptions of relative safety compared to cigarettes. In reality, a waterpipe smoking session may expose the smoker to more smoke over a longer period of time than occurs when smoking a cigarette.

Using tobacco in any form or flavour, smoked, chewed or inhaled greatly increases the risk of serious tobacco related diseases, leading to a poor quality of life and premature death.