The other week I went to a “shisha bar”. It isn’t the same as a cigar however it is a form of tobacco consumption.
These longues have somehow bypassed stringent federal regulations on tobacco, probably because they’re associated with Arabic/middle eastern culture. I was curious to go to one just once as I believe they’ll be subject to closure over the next few years as regulations over tobacco keep tightening. There’s the prospect of making tobacco prescription only being touted over here.
It’s amusing, in response to our repeated price hikes we have a massive black market for tobacco. Instead of the government receiving this revenue, it’s now going towards criminal syndicates. When it comes to sensible policies/effective harm reduction strategies in relation to vices the Australian government will never learn. Make cigarettes available only on script and I believe youth demand for the product will skyrocket. We had done a pretty good job at cutting rates of nicotine addiction within youth… until we decided to criminalise vapes, now kids want vapes
The shisha bar was an interesting/enjoyable experience as I was with two friends. The shisha itself consists of a water pipe filled with flavoured tobacco. It’s quite harsh on the throat/lungs, as to consistently remind me with each inhalation “@unreal24278 what are you doing… you’re poisoning yourself”.
Should be noted nicotine is highly addictive. No judgement on my part, one should however be aware that cigars contain a high dose of nicotine.
@dt79 seems like he might know a thing or two about cigars