2011: Times are a changing...  Consider updated information on this issue:

Scitopics such as:

The Mystique of Hookahs. Health and Religious Misconceptions


The Hookah Global Epidemic


Hookah Knols (Google Pieces of Knowledge) 


Former Homepage of Communiques on

Narghile (Hookah, Shisha), Health and Tobacco Issues

 Contact author of communiqués: kamcha[a]gmail.com (replace "[a]" with @)


 24 Dec. 2007. (e-mailed) Letter to Dr Erik DYBING, Chairman TobReg (CC: Dr David BETTCHER and Dr Yumiko MOCHIZUKI (Dir. WHO/TFI) to inform them on “Serious Errors in WHO New Report on “Scientific Basis of Tobacco Product Regulation”

Among other very serious errors: “Smokeless tobacco (i.e. chewing tobacco, snuff and snus) is common and has become a leading cause of death in many developing countries” (pp. 35-36)


Plagiat/Contrefaçon: Tout ce que vous ne pouviez pas savoir sur le livre de Bertrand DAUTZENBERG et Jean-Yves NAU: « Tout ce que vous ne savez pas sur la chicha » [Intellectual Piracy/Plagiarism: Everything you couldn't know about this book] (8 June 2007)


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   The first ever prepared by the Health Agency of the United Nations. Reviewed, "peer-reviewed" and subject to "multiple layers" (sic) of "peer-review" according to officials of WHO TobReg (Study Group on Tobacco Regulation) and WHO TFI (Tobacco Free Initiative).

The very first sentence contains a huge error...

The 7 Fatals Errors in the WHO Report


Undoubtedly, the joint US-Syrian Center for Tobacco Studies is “a model of international partnership for the creation of sustainable research capacity in developing countries”(Promot Educ. 2004;11(2):93-7, 116, 134

Errors in the Scenario for the Narghile Epidemic in Syria. A critical analysis of: “Rastam S, Ward KD, Eissenberg T, Maziak W: Estimating the beginning of the waterpipe epidemic in Syria. BMC Public Health 2004, 4:32.”. BMC Public Health 2007 (30 Dec).