Women and Water Pipe

Proportion of All Tobacco Users that used Water Pipe by Sex, 2011

Water pipe use is especially difficult to confront because it often happens in homes, away from where traditional social pressures and policy interventions like smoking bans can have an impact. Notably, women in Middle Eastern countries are often frowned upon for using cigarettes, as they are a form of tobacco typically consumed in public, and are more likely to pick up equally harmful water pipe use.