Hookahs and Indian Tobacco?

Vanessa Casanova
By Vanessa Casanova Latest Reply 2014-01-19 11:21:23 -0600
Started 2014-01-16 19:34:52 -0600

This guy I know wants me to go smoke hookah with him, and he says it doesn't have nicotine or anything because it's apparently sheesha, which he says is Indian tobacco. Does anyone know anything about this and whether or not it would be okay for me to do?

17 replies

jaydoubleyou23 2014-01-19 11:21:23 -0600 Report

It's better for you than smoking cigarettes but I'm not going to classify it as "healthy". I have a hookah too, but it lowers my blood sugars dramatically so I stopped using it. If you try it, don't do it for a long period of time.

Just Joyce
Just Joyce 2014-01-17 19:48:48 -0600 Report

With over 4800 active chemicals, I wouldn't smoke it. However, you have to be the one to decide to do this. I have found that people who want someone to do something will say what he said. You always have to research before agreeing to do something like that.

101 Diabetics
101 Diabetics 2014-01-18 15:48:28 -0600 Report

Yeah, it is like peer pressure. They want you to do it because they do it. And if you don't do it, you supposedly don't fit in! Many people want to fit in so dearly that they will do just about anything to please someone else!

Really, you are better off being without them if they are misleading you down the road…

Just Joyce
Just Joyce 2014-01-18 16:07:31 -0600 Report

You are on a roll. If you have to do things you don't like doing to fit into a group, then it isn't the group for you. A lot of times people what to fit in so badly or want people to simply like them that they get the attention from the wrong kids of people. The best thing to do is find friends who ask you if you would like to try something and accept you even when you say no.

jayabee52 2014-01-17 14:23:46 -0600 Report

Howdy Vanessa
This guy says "sheesha" as though it is a guarantee of it containing nothing harmful. I Googled "sheesha" and got this warning ~ http://www.nation.com.pk/letters/02-Jun-2013/...

You are a big girl but since you ask me, I would caution you to stay away from this hookah smoking. As the article says additives can be added and you may be none the wiser. From the article >>"One puff of Sheesha contains more than 4800 active chemicals.Many of these chemicals are known to cause mouth and lung cancers, heart disease, respiratory and other diseases.">"According to a research of World Health Organisation the volume of smoke inhaled in an hour-long Sheesha session is estimated to be the equivalent of smoking between 100 and 200 cigarettes"<<

I tell you I wouldn't do it even if the person who invited me was cute. I like my lungs pink and healthy.

Praying God's best for you and yours

James Baker

Nick1962 2014-01-17 11:08:33 -0600 Report

If you’ve never smoked before, I doubt you’d find any pleasure in it. As for nicotine and blood sugar, it’s not the nicotine, but the reaction it triggers. It tells the body to release a small amount of sugar as a pleasure reaction – a “smokers high” which is kind of why smokers smoke to begin with.

Vanessa Casanova
Vanessa Casanova 2014-01-17 11:20:05 -0600 Report

Oh okay. And as for smoking before, I had tried smoking before I was diagnosed, and I enjoyed it 'cause it relaxed me, but I guess I never became addicted since stopping didn't really bother me. I mainly stopped 'cause my friends and family were so against it they basically took my pack of cigarettes from me lol, I wasn't diagnosed yet at that point so diabetes wasn't a reason for stopping. I wasn't craving them or anything, so it wasn't too big of a deal for me and I haven't bought any since then.

haoleboy 2014-01-16 20:20:36 -0600 Report

a quick Google search found " One puff of Sheesha contains more than 4800 active chemicals. Many of these chemicals are known to cause mouth and lung cancers, heart disease, respiratory and other diseases. According to a research of World Health Organisation the volume of smoke inhaled in an hour-long Sheesha session is estimated to be the equivalent of smoking between 100 and 200 cigarettes"
why take the chance?

101 Diabetics
101 Diabetics 2014-01-16 21:17:52 -0600 Report

With all of those chemicals and them causing all of those side effects, should make anyone to: Just Say No!!!

Diabetes is not hard to control if you do as you should.

Just Joyce
Just Joyce 2014-01-18 15:46:22 -0600 Report

I agree whole heartedly with you 101.

What her friend is actually doing is using peer pressure on her to get her to do something simply because they are going to do it. Never ever let anyone talk you into doing anything that does not make you feel comfortable. That almost always has an adverse effect on the person talked into participating.

Since I am one for banging my own drum, I do not succomb to peer pressure. So if someone says let's jump off this cliff into the water, I am the one saying you first. I need to stay there to call 911 should they need help.

101 Diabetics
101 Diabetics 2014-01-18 15:50:53 -0600 Report

Just Joyce, it is amazing that you wrote this while I wrote the reply to you above! They are very closely associated!

Vanessa Casanova
Vanessa Casanova 2014-01-16 20:30:15 -0600 Report

I googled it as well and found something similar but didn't find anything about it raising my blood sugar. I know cigarettes are particularly bad for diabetics cause of the nicotine raising my blood sugar, but I was wondering if sheesha, since it is still tobacco, would raise it as well, despite not having nicotine.

Just Joyce
Just Joyce 2014-01-18 15:41:54 -0600 Report

I didn't see that either Vanessa so I can't say if it will. However, with all the chemicals in the sheesa, it could react with medications you are on and some chemicals can cause an allergic reaction to your system. I always err on the side of caution.

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