And then there was shisha. When it hit my city Nairobi, it hot it big and clean shisha smoking parlors started cropping up. At the beginning, this was a luxury left to the women, and girlfriends of the well-to-do neighborhoods, in the leafy green suburb.
So what is this so-popular Shisha? Most importantly, is it true that it contains no tobacco? Mostly when you go looking for information about Shisha on the internet, you will no doubt come across a grinning Arab. He is happy, he has smoked Shisha. Can you be this happy?
To tell you the truth, personally, I think Shisha is a glorified way of smoking tobacco. Ok, so there are some other substances that you can smoke, you know, all herbal and stuff… but tobacco too is herbal, isn’t it? And so is weed.
Shisha, also referred to as hubble bubble, waterpipe, hookah and narghile has been a favorite for many young adults in the UK. Most of them said that they found it a very sociable event. It may not be in the same caliber as the popular afternoon tea custom, but it is right there…
The British Heart Foundation says that smoking shisha is as serious as smoking a traditional cigarette. Most smokers delude themselves that shisha is not as addictive as the cigarette because the water in the pipe absorbs some of the nicotine. If you are of that school of thought, you need to ask someone who is trying to quit Shisha.
Out of every ten lung cancer deaths, 8 are caused by smoking. Go figure on that one. But then, you say:
But I only do herbal Shisha
For your information, herbal Shisha is as herbal as they come, but it contains tobacco. Therefore, it is not any safer from the cigarettes or from the regular shisha. However, should in the rare and extreme case be a shisha that truly does not contain tobacco, well, you are still in danger of inhaling carbon monoxide from the materials used to burn your shisha.
So you are not very safe. In addition, in the shisha parlors, there will be other people using tobacco in their shisha and you will end up inhaling their smoke. That too puts you at risk.
So what actually am I smoking most of the time?
It is tobacco, masked in the alluring flavor of your choice. This means that the tobacco is flavored with mint, cola, plum, mango, apple and other flavors. It can also be sweetened with sugar. If you are smoking pure tobacco, then that means you are taking in all the carcinogens that a regular cigarette smoker inhales. Add to this tar, and serious addiction to boot.
Because smoking shisha is considered as having social time with mates, well, you can hang around in the shisha bar for even more than one hour. Experts say that by that time, you will have inhaled smoke that is equivalent to smoking 100 cigarettes.
You will run out of breath fast
Let us assume you love jogging. Once you take up Shisha, you will notice a drop in your pace or in the distance that you would normally run. You can also end up coughing so seriously and some users have even reported coughing blood.
A thousand flavors to choose from
That is right, any fruit that comes to your mind, there is a shisha flavor for it, even coconut. Banana, guava, kiwi, strawberry, grape, lemon, peach, pineapple, blueberry, water melon, sweet melon and many others. There is a flavor for everyone no matter how choosy you are.
Can shisha help me stop smoking?
Well, it seems no one can answer this precisely. However, seeing as Shisha is addictive too, it would be better to aid yourself by using patch, or some other method.
There… seems the only good thing you have going for Shisha is its numerous fruity flavors, the social smoking atmosphere and not much else. You can order pure herbal shisha online.