Research Avenues for Exploration of Hookah (Shisha, Narghile) Smoking 

Open to Students (graduate, postgraduate and beyond)

and Confirmed Scientists in all Disciplines


 

Français (automatique)

 JOURNALISM (investigative reporting)

Ø     How the sudden hookah epidemic has actually triggered the drafting of national bans on indoor smoking across the world

Ø      The role of mass media as a vehicle of wrong public health messages

Ø      Striking analogies between the war in Iraq and the war on hookah

ECONOMICS (and JOURNALISM)

Ø     How and why has the hookah become a foe for the Big Three: Big Pharmaceuticals, Big Tobacco, Big Anti-Tobacco

Ø     Funding of research on ““waterpipe”” by Fogarty Centre, NIH, PHS, Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, Canadian RITC, etc. Investigation on rationale and priorities.

Ø     Conflicts of interest in studies on hookah smoking

Ø     The World Health Organization and hookah smoking

PHILOSOPHY AND SOCIOLOGY OF SCIENCE

Ø      Medical consequences of the use of the nominalist, functionalist, reductionist and clannish “waterpipe”™ term

 Ø      The "peer-review" process in studies on hookah smoking: the 2002-2007 historic experience

Ø      The “evidence-based medicine”, “good science” and hookah smoking

PUBLIC HEALTH

Ø      Hookah and harm reduction. What can be done right now.

TOXICOLOGY (and ECONOMICS)

Ø      Hookah and the tobacco-free tobamel/mo'assel smoking mixtures

Ø      Chemical analysis of the pyrotechnic charcoal used by hookah smokers

Ø      Critique of the upcoming 3rd erroneous WHO report on hookah smoking [Note: report not yet published. Preparing for the CRITIQUE]

Ø      Detailed analysis of a tar produced by heating a tobacco-molasses mixture. Comparison (of major hazardous substances) with cigarette tar.  [Note: ONGOING]

PSYCHOPHARMACOLOGY (and ECONOMICS)

Ø      Hookah smoking and NTR (Nicotine “Replacement” Therapies)

Ø      Champix, Champaign and hubble-bubble…

SOCIOLOGY and ANTHROPOLOGY of HEALTH

Ø      Medical consequences of neo-orientalism in studies on hookah smoking

EPIDEMIOLOGY (and PUBLIC HEALTH)

Ø     Cigarette smoking as a gateway to the hookah practice. Hookah as an ideal scapegoat for the failure of supposedly efficiently designed prevention programmes.

BIBLIOLOGY

Ø     “Impact factor” versus “parroting factor” in studies on hookah smoking

HUMANITIES (Literature, Arts, History, Philology, etc.)

Ø      An anthology of poetry and hookah

Ø      Hookah smoking in the Moghol times

Ø      The Chinese and Vietnamese water pipes

Ø   Asian women and their use of hookah

Ø   Translation into Chinese and other international languages of all the available counter-literature

 


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