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Environmental Science and Pollution Research

, Volume 26, Issue 30, pp 31546–31547 | Cite as

Blood lipids and pressures data of exclusive narghile smokers compared with healthy non-smokers: studies from thin to thick

  • Helmi BEN SAADEmail author
Letter to the Editor
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Dear Editor,

I read with great interest the recent paper of Hallit et al. (2019) highlighting the damaging effects of narghile-use on some cardiovascular risk factors [e.g., total cholesterol (TC), low- and high- density lipoprotein cholesterol (LDL-C, HDL-C, respectively)]. Hallit et al. (2019) study is interesting because disregarding the critical effects of narghile-use on blood lipids and pressures data will surely lead to a worldwide public health problem, which physicians can undertake to prevent (Ben Saad 2009; Ben Saad 2010; Hasni et al. 2019; WHO 2015). Moreover, according to the 2015 World Health Organization advisory note on narghile-use (WHO 2015), further research related to the narghile-associated disease risk was recommended. However, three important points should be highlighted.

First, Hallit et al. (2019) omitted to identify the type of used-narghile tobacco (moassel and/or jurak and/or tombak). The lack of this important information makes between-studies comparisons...

Keywords

Tobacco Hookah Biochemistry Clinical significance 

Notes

Compliance with ethical standards

Competing interests

I report personal fees from AstraZeneca, Saiph, Teriak, and Chiesi.

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Laboratory of Physiology, Faculty of Medicine of SousseUniversity of SousseSousseTunisia
  2. 2.Heart Failure (LR12SP09) Research LaboratoryFarhat HACHED HospitalSousseTunisia

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