Smoking is currently on the rise in the UAE and the Middle East. The World Conference on Tobacco revealed that the growing popularity of sheesha is a leading factor causing an increase in the number of smokers.
Prevalence of tobacco use including smoking cigarettes, cigars, water pipe (sheesha) and even Medwakh is high in the region. The Health Authority Abu Dhabi (HAAD) conducted a survey in 2011 to assess the risk of smoking in the country. The results revealed that 19.2% of men and 3.5% of women smoked cigarettes. 1 As per the WHO, 6 million people die every year because of tobacco usage, which accounts to 1 person in every six seconds.2