Hello everyone! My name is Casey, and I'm a 23 year old college student from Florida. Unlike many people on this board, my poison of choice wasn't the cigarette -- instead, it was the hookah, a water pipe that delivers a mixture of tobacco and molasses called "mu'assel" through a hose. When I was younger, my friends introduced me to the concept of a hookah lounge, where I was fed bold-faced lies about how hookah is "better for your health" and "less addictive" because the smoke passes through a water filter. Needless to say, those lies were manufactured by the tobacco industry to sell a highly addictive and lethal product to gullible teenagers like me, fresh out of high school.
Over a period of about five years, my addiction to mu'assel tobacco grew and grew, as I spent enormous amounts of money to visit my local hookah lounge several times a week. Eventually it got to the point where I realized that I was an addict. After all, I hadn't gone a single week without hookah in years, and my money was vanishing before my very eyes. It even got to the point where, to conserve money, I would smoke cigarettes just to stave off the withdrawal effects, as a less-expensive replacement for hookah. Much to my surprise, even that didn't help -- I was still making the 30-mile drive to the hookah lounge three or four times (or more) a week, and then I would smoke cigarettes while I was there!
Enough is enough. I'm tired of wasting my health and money on this lethal drug. I have total confidence in my ability to quit, thanks in no small part to this website. I've been free for five days now, and I feel better than ever. Thank you to Joel and everyone else who has donated their time to provide this public health service. Your hard work pays off!
If you are a parent who has children that are around college age, I highly recommend warning them about the dangers of hookah. Hookah lounges use predatory techniques to market this product to kids who are fresh out of high school and have nothing to do. Don't let your kids fall for the same tricks that I did.