Waterpipe smoking, also known as argile or shisha in local Arabic dialect, is a traditional way of smoking tobacco that gained popularity in the last two decades especially among young adults.


Although waterpipe (argile/shisha) smoking is most common in Middle Eastern countries, it is gaining popularity worldwide and has become an emerging global trend.


The waterpipe (argile/shisha) smoking epidemic is relatively recent and the cardiovascular and pulmonary effects of smoking are often latent and occurrence of disease delayed.