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Shisha: Factsheet

Shisha No Thanks

This resource has undergone expert review.





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Culturally & Linguistically Diverse


These factsheets are available as PDFs from the Shisa No Thanks website.

Access Shisha No Thanks resources


Access 'Shisha Smoking Factsheet for Young People':

Access 'Shisha and Vaping Factsheet':


These factsheets were developed by the ShishaNoThanks Project team led by South Eastern Sydney Local Health District (Partners: NSW Multicultural Health Communication Service, Sydney Local Health District, South Western Sydney Local Health District, Lebanese Muslim Association, South Eastern Sydney Research Collaboration Hub, UNSW).


This resource includes

  • A factsheet on shisha/waterpipe smoking designed for young people in:
    • English
    • Arabic
  • A factsheet on shisha/waterpipe smoking and vaping in:
    • English
    • Arabic
    • Chinese
    • Dari
    • Farsi
    • Tamil
    • Turkish
    • Urdu
    • Vietnamese 


The ShishaNoThanks resources aim to raise awareness of the harms of waterpipe smoking in young people from Arabic speaking backgrounds, their family, friends and social networks across metropolitan Sydney. They also provide information about shisha and vaping in 9 languages.


  • Increased awareness of the harms of waterpipe smoking.
  • Increased awareness of the harms of vaping.

Evidence Base

Expert Review*:
This resource was developed through consultation with members of the Arabic community and representative agencies in NSW. These factsheets  provide young people with accurate information on harmful effects of shisha and vaping, the consequences of sharing shisha, current shisha laws in NSW and links to get support including culturally appropriate options. 

*Review provided by researchers at the Matilda Centre for Research in Mental Health and Substance Use at the University of Sydney.

Page last reviewed: 31/08/2023

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