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    Waterpipe and not Shisha should be the unifying term

    Dear editor,

    I beg to differ with the statement “Shisha –this word is used everywhere in the world” {e-letter- Shisha vs. “Water-pipe” : The Question of a Unifying Term(Kamal Chaouachi)}

    The word Shisha is not used everywhere in the world. If it is used, the meaning is different. In the Indian subcontinent, a region where hundreds of languages are spoken, the word connoting any type of waterpipe is ‘...

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    CORRECTION

    The eletter entitled "A Personal Experience with Goza and Shisha Smoking is authored by only FOUAD A. Al-BELASY. The names of other co- workers were mistakenly entered during submission from below the bar displaying how to enter other colleagues.

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    Shisha, Goza, Hashish and Street Children: What the Egyptian Scene Teaches Us

    Shisha, Goza, Hashish and Street Children: What the Egyptian Scene Teaches Us

    For historical, sociocultural and health reasons, Egypt is cer...

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    Shisha vs. “Water-pipe” : The Question of a Unifying Term

     

    Shisha vs. “Water-pipe” : The Question of a Unifying Term

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    The Issue of Nomenclature: In Reply

    Dear Editor,

    This is to comment on the following recently published eletter:

    The issue of nomenclature: Wasim Maziak (17 June 2006)

    In a dictionary search for Hookah, Hubble-bubble, Narghile, Arghile, Water-pipe and Shisha, the Oxford Paperback Dictionary [1] defines Hookah as an oriental tobacco pipe with a long tube passing through a glass container that cools the smoke as it is drawn thr...

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    The issue of nomenclature

    I thank the authors of letters regarding our published work (Ward et al, 2006) on their useful remarks. It is self-understandable that no one uses the world waterpipe when asking the public about this tobacco use method, but use the local word for it. The same way that we never ask the public about ischemic heart disease but use this term extensively in research papers about this problem. It is also understandable that t...

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    A Commentary on Two Conclusions

    Dear Editor,

    This is to comment on the following recently published eletter:

    Chaouachi K: Syria, Lebanon, Tobacco Research in General and Narghile (Hookah, Shisha) Smoking in Particular. TC Online 8 June 2006.

    I completely agree with the statement that Shisha is now used internationally because of the global hookah craze whereas “waterpipe” is no hypostasis and adhere to the notice that this wo...

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    A Personal Experience with Goza and Shisha Smoking
    • Fouad A. Al-Belasy, Professor of Oral Surgery and Vice Dean
    • Other Contributors:
      • Stephanie Fulton, Thomas L. Wilding, and Frances Groen

    Being a son of a famous well-qualified owner of a café shop, I have been, since the early days of my perception, in direct contact with Goza and Shisha smokers. Goza is a modified form of Shisha. It has its head, body, water-container, and hose [1]. However, Goza has no mouth-piece separated from the hose and no disposable plastic mouth-piece is served or commonly used. Yet, the water-container of Goza was and still is ma...

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    Syria, Lebanon, Tobacco Research in General and Narghile (Hookah, Shisha) Smoking in Particular

    Dear Editor,

    This is to comment on the following recently published study:...

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