Posts Tagged ‘tobacco’

smoking cigaretteIt’s well known that when you start a habit when you’re young;  it is really hard to get over it.  A lot of Saudis start smoking at a young age, usually their first experiment with cigarettes will be with their peers in schools.  From hiding in school’s  restrooms to standing behind buildings, smoke comes out from every part of  the schools.   Most teenagers who smoke carry pack of cigarettes in one pocket and a bottle of cologne in the other.   No matter how much you wear cologne or drink half of the bottle, in the end parents always find out that you smoke.

Every year the price of cigarettes go up, but that doesn’t matter.   Saudis will put down money and finance a pack of cigarette, in order to get the nicotine in their system.  It’s the illusion of the cool image that is associated with cigarette, makes Saudis want to smoke. Watch any Saudi smoke, from the way he holds the cigarette to the way he blows the smoke, as if he is in a Hollywood movie that is playing in a slow motion.

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hookahThis sophisticated device became a must in any Saudi household. With more than 50 tobacco flavors to choose from it is the Kool-Aid of smoking devices. Usually people in Saudi like to smoke hookah with tea, coffee, or soft drink as a perfect combination to set the right mood (Mazaj). It is funny how Saudis who smoke hookah always try to convince themselves that hookah is way less harmful than smoking cigarettes, supposedly the water that you add to the hookah will filter all the hazard substances that comes from the tobacco, it is just the magic of H2O.

Hookah’s popularity relays on different perspectives. The way it looks with all those sexy curves that make it appealing to guys, forcing them to spend some quality time with their hookahs. Blowing smoke from hookah or cigarettes been always a COOL image that it is associated with the smokers, especially blowing smoke from a hookah makes you feel like an Arabian prince in the desert chilling in his tent with fine belly dancers all over the place. Finally, hookah been always an object that it is associated with the middle east which make it unique in different part of the world, the same concept as all American cowboy cigarettes.

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