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post #1 of 25
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OK, I am very eager to discuss this topic

We went to a beer festival Friday night and they had Hookahs set up outside. I have never smoked anything in my life (ok, get the laughs out now ) and tried it out. I loved it! I loved it so much in fact that my fiancé and I ended up buying our own Hookah Saturday. We went to a Hookah Bar to buy it. I had never heard of such a place. The owner was very nice and taught us how to set it up and we used it there at the bar, then he taught us how to clean it up and pack it up in the carrying case. We bought 2 flavors of the shisha (tobacco with fruit and molasses) apricot, and strawberry. Then brought it over to a friends house with us that night. We haven't smoked it since. One of the employees in the Hookah bar told us that he smokes it every night before bed because it relaxes him, as a matter of fact, the first thing the employees did when they came in for work was set up a hookah for them to smoke. My intentions for buying it were for social reasons. We have a game room set up in the house. We have a kegerator (beer on tap) and I thought the Hookah would be a fun addition.

I was under the impression that Hookah smoking was safer than cigarette smoke. Everyone at the festival said that since the smoke was filtered through the water before being inhaled that the carcinogens didn't have the chance to make it into your lungs. I have researched online, and found that isn't necessarily true. There haven't been many tests to confirm which is worse, but the consensus seems to be that the Hookah is comparable to cigarette smoking.

Hookah smoking is becoming very popular. Hookah bars are springing up all over the place. I was reading that it is very popular among college kids, and the other night when we stopped into a Hookah bar (to inquire about buying one) the bar was full of 18 year olds.

I am just interested to see what other people think about Hookah smoking, and Hookah bars. From what I saw, and I may be wrong, it seems that these Hookah bars don't have to follow the same rules that apply to cigarette smoking inside public buildings. The Hookah bar was a full service Mediterranean restaurant and there were Hookahs on every table... Do you think young people might be mislead about the potential dangers of Hookah smoking? Do you think that with the growing spark of interest they should be more educated into the possible dangers, or is there not any concern? When we first brought our Hookah home I told my fiancé we should have people over every weekend. After researching it this morning though, I am thinking it will be more like once a month

I also wanted to add, when I mention it as a "new interest" I am referring to the US. I read that the Hookah is an old tradition and that other countries, such as India, have used it for years.
post #2 of 25
I have lots of Middle Eastern friends that would never dare to smoke a cigarette, but will smoke from a Hookah. My mother, a highly educated professional has never put a cigarette to her lips, but the hookah craze hit in her circle of friends, and they often have hookah and wine parties.

I smoke, so I wouldn't have any problem with using a hookah. I think it would be interesting to experience the flavors. I would just worry about someone coming into my house and thinking it was a bong!
post #3 of 25
I think most of the harm from cigarettes come from the tar, not the tobacco.

I would be worried that people think they are bongs, also.
post #4 of 25
I haven't heard of hookah bars...Very interesting.
The only issue I can think of, Tanya, is that nicotine IS addicting. However, if you can really confine your intake to once a month, then it may not be an issue for you.

There are so many carcinogens in cigarettes like Benzene and Formaldehyde though and I would worry that the hookah tobacco may contain this? This may be something you should look into.

When I can find them, I smoke American Spirit cigarettes instead of regular as they contain only tobacco and no additives at all.
post #5 of 25
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I was under the impression that Hookah smoking was safer than cigarette smoke. Everyone at the festival said that since the smoke was filtered through the water before being inhaled that the carcinogens didn't have the chance to make it into your lungs. I have researched online, and found that isn't necessarily true. There haven't been many tests to confirm which is worse, but the consensus seems to be that the Hookah is comparable to cigarette smoking.

Hookah smoking is becoming very popular. Hookah bars are springing up all over the place. I was reading that it is very popular among college kids, and the other night when we stopped into a Hookah bar (to inquire about buying one) the bar was full of 18 year olds.
I did my senior thesis project on tobacco use and it's products like these that get kids into smoking - hookahs, bidis, cigars - the flavoring of the first two and the thought that cigars aren't as bad as cigarettes are all turn-ons to them...but in reality, they're all as bad as cigarettes.

All smoking is bad in my opinion and I'll never subject my body to it. I've been around the use of a hookah before, and I was very turned off by the attitudes of those around it...doing it to fit in, jeering others if they weren't trying it. Pathetic.
post #6 of 25
People smoke tabacco with hookahs?!?!






























I keed! I keed!
post #7 of 25
I have never heard of this Guess maybe they arent so popular around here...I dunno. Guess I need to get to googling..lol.

I dont smoke, so it doesnt matter to me, but I am interested in what they are
post #8 of 25
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Originally Posted by catloverin_ks
I have never heard of this Guess maybe they arent so popular around here...I dunno. Guess I need to get to googling..lol.

I dont smoke, so it doesnt matter to me, but I am interested in what they are
That's exactly what I thought! I had never heard of a hookah. When I saw them at the festival I assumed everyone was using them for the first time Then when we went out that night to buy one it seemed like everyone knew about them but me
post #9 of 25
Oooo! I so want to try a hookah! There's one on the corner from where I live, that I keep telling B I want to go to. The food is cheap there too. However he doesn't understand if I quit smoking 4 years ago why I would want to smoke a Hookah.

I kind of view them as a cigar...if its a treat, your birthday, New Years then have a hookah. Otherwise, I couldn't see myself smoking them on a daily basis (looks like too much work to set up).
post #10 of 25
People do use hookahs for pot, but as long as there's no residue in the hookah then it is not illegal.

I love hookahs, but I don't think they're harmless. It's still tobacco smoke. Also, the hookahs I've smoked didn't have water in them, that is a bong. Maybe it's different in other places. But the flavored tobacco does taste good!
post #11 of 25
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Originally Posted by Loveysmummy
I haven't heard of hookah bars...Very interesting.
The only issue I can think of, Tanya, is that nicotine IS addicting. However, if you can really confine your intake to once a month, then it may not be an issue for you.

There are so many carcinogens in cigarettes like Benzene and Formaldehyde though and I would worry that the hookah tobacco may contain this? This may be something you should look into.

When I can find them, I smoke American Spirit cigarettes instead of regular as they contain only tobacco and no additives at all.

I just read on the American Cancer Society's website that the water in the hookah does not filter out many of the carcinogens. In addition, I found it mentioned on another site that the charcoal used to heat the tobacco forms carbon monoxide.

I wonder how many of the kids I saw in the hookah bar (I say kids, they were 18-10 years old) smoke cigarettes regularly. I found a lot of information that discussed the casual hookah smoking leading to cigarette and cigar smoking.

As I mentioned, I only plan to have the hookah out on occasion. I would prefer to keep the use down to once a month. I just think many people believe it is safe. I think word needs to get out there though so people don't go over board smoking it under that assumption
post #12 of 25
I don't use tobacco. I am allergic to it. If I want smoke I can always burn incense sticks. Incense sticks are cheap.
post #13 of 25
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Originally Posted by Sirha
People smoke tabacco with hookahs?!?!






























I keed! I keed!

My thoughts exactly! LOL
The only places I've ever seen them sold were in "used record stores."

I've never used one...it seems like an awful lot of trouble and expense to go to for a smoke.
post #14 of 25
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Originally Posted by Zoe'n'MissKitty

My thoughts exactly! LOL
The only places I've ever seen them sold were in "used record stores."

I've never used one...it seems like an awful lot of trouble and expense to go to for a smoke.

I thought people used bongs for that stuff... I told you I haven't ever smoked anything so I am new to this The hookah is different than a bong. We saw bongs at one of the stores we were at this weekend and they look much different...
post #15 of 25
Apparently, people use hookas for "that stuff", too. I've seen them sold along side bongs.
I always feel a little paranoid going into those record stores...of course, I only buy CDs, but I'm afraid I'll be put on some watch list for even setting foot inside the stores! LOL
post #16 of 25
Officially, all of the "bongs" you saw were for tobacco. At least in Colorado and Nebraska, if you say they are for anything else, they can't sell them to you. It's all about semantics, really, because you could use a bong to smoke tobacco or a hookah to smoke illegal products.

I didn't think they were new, though. My BIL had one at least 7 years ago. I smoked it with him (my Dad did too, which just shocked me!) at Christmas one year. It did have a very nice flavor...
post #17 of 25
I think it's the same everywhere. All the head shops around here (they don't even pretend to sell records) have big signs saying it's for tobacco use only, and if you mention any illegal drugs they ask you to leave.

I didn't know anyone actually used a hookah for tobacco until last year
post #18 of 25
Today I read on the newspaper that tobacco caused one billion deaths in the last century, mostly in Third World Countries.

I thought about it and I was shocked at my reaction. My first reaction was "OMG. If there were no tobacco we would have 7 billion people on earth day!!!"

I thought about tobacco as a way of population control.

I am ashamed.
post #19 of 25
lol, when i saw the thread title, i thought i was going to be reading about a prostitute ring or something lol. I've never heard of a hookah before! Lol, apparently that is not what i thought it was . Personally i don't smoke, and i'm highly allergic to any kind of smoke...so i wouldn't be interested in it. But hey, you did give me a good laugh when i opened up the thread
post #20 of 25
Well the Hookah Bar just opened up here in downtown Kent, it's called the Firefly Lounge. I go there weekly! I absolutely LOVE IT! I want my own Hookah really bad! i don't smoke (but I used to) and my boyfriend hates smaoking and is really annoyed smelling cigarette smoke and smelling LIKE cigarette smoke but he loves it too.

I tried Rose and Spearmint the first time I went. Both flavours mixed together, then I tried Acai Berry which is chocolate and blueberry mixed, then I tried Kiwi Melon, then Acai Berry and Strawberry...I don't remember the rest but Rose and Spearmint was my favorite combo. I just took my little sister with my the other day, she is 17. I have no idea if you have to be a certain age to get in but they sure don't card you.

The place itself is nice too. All the furniture is IKEA and the atmosphere is really cool too. Dimly lit and red lighting coming from under the couches. Oh and it is really cheap for a Hookah, since you usually share one with the people you are with, it is $9.50 so split the cost between whoever you are there with and it is cheap!

I wish more Hookah bars would open up. They are great. Here is what it looks like!

post #21 of 25
That's the funniest thing though...as states are voting out smoking, hookah bars are becoming popular...

Go figure!
post #22 of 25
i dont care what it tastes like or how safe or safe it may not be
the only thing i want in my lungs is clean air

and taht is getting pretty hard to get
:P
post #23 of 25
Oh sheesh.
This is some of the funniest things I've ever read.
I seen someone post something about a hookah bar in the lounge once..and I was seriously taken away by it..because I thought..Hookahs were for something entirely different. And I thought to myself..how in the world can they get away with having hookah BARS?!
It makes sense now.
Fun fun.
I was in the adult video store today actually, and seen some. Wierd that I came upon this thread today after seeing some. But we also have that thing where they sell them only for tobacco use..
IN fact, they send you home with a little pouch of tobacco. I know this from years ago. lol..for real. I drink..No smoke.
And as for Hookah bars..What kind of flavor tobacco they use there? And what's it like? Is it like wierd lights, or dimmed..do they have Music?
I'd like to try that out. Sounds like a good social time.
post #24 of 25
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Originally Posted by lilleah
And as for Hookah bars..What kind of flavor tobacco they use there? And what's it like? Is it like weird lights, or dimmed..do they have Music?
I'd like to try that out. Sounds like a good social time.
The Hookah bars here are Mediterranean style. There are tables set up with benches and oversized pillows lining the walls. In some areas they have small stands that the hookahs sit on with pillows in a circle around them that you sit on. The lights are all dimmed, and they do play music. Again, it is all Mediterranean style so the decor of the room and the music both reflect that.
There are many flavors of the tobacco, called shisha. Shisha contains tobacco, molasses, and fruit. Some of the flavors are the following: strawberry, apricot, blueberry, apple, peach, mango, spearmint, jasmine, rose, orange, cola, melon, banana, cherry, grape, lemon, coconut, mixed fruit, and the list goes on.....
post #25 of 25
when i first saw this i thoughta ; Hooka bar was a new kind of candy bar

boy was i disappointed
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