Kuwait: Seventeen percent of students in Kuwait are smokers, according to the most recent Ministry of Health statistics. The recent figures also show that the smoking rate among the population’s male domain reached 24.5 percent, while it reached one percent among females. As to shisha (hookah) smoking, its spread is estimated at 2.2 percent among men and 0.2 among women, the statistics show. Meanwhile, Faisal Ali Al-Mutawaa, Chairman of the Kuwait Heart Foundation (KHF), warned that shisha smoking is increasing among the youth, and added that this practice is one of the main causes of cardiac diseases. He also warned that shisha, particularly those used at public cafes, turn into disease transmitters.