Originally Posted by Kelsey
That slide is entirely true.
You may not think it's as addictive as cigarettes but it's still addictive.
For you multiple times a day shisha smokers, try going 7-10 days without and see if you don't get a bad craving.
I know lots of smokers who do that on the regular.
I dunno, I know in theory it should be addictive, but I'm just not that convinced that it actually is in practice. I mean, there are lots of studies that show that only a fraction of the addictiveness in cigarettes is the actual substance. The rest is a hodge-podge of different things. Like the convenience and oral fixation. Which is also part of the reason the nicotine patches are only pseudo effective in helping people quit.
It seems pretty plausible to me that between the pipe, bowl and coal preparation being something of an involved process, and it being nearly impossible to do when you're out and about, smokers aren't likely to develop the same psychological dependencies they'd get from cigarettes. And if that's the case, it may be chemically addictive, but ultimately a lot less addictive than other tobaccos.
That hypothesis seems to jive pretty well with our local circle of smoker's experience.