But what I was not prepared for was that the TCC would make it a personal campaign to target ME with anti-sheesha fliers/posters. Say they (and I'm sure they lie) that sheesha is potentially 100 - 200 times worse can cigarrettes. They also point out that the water is a lousy excuse for a filter (actually, it's 'not' a filter) so all it does is compound the effects of the tobacco. I was utterly devastated by their lack of sensitivity in giving me this information, but (like all good Pakistanis) I was confident in my ability to ignore all warnings and continue to do what I want. So off I went last night and ordered a mint sheesha (because what else does one do in a social setting when food is forbidden and everyone else is eating?) and proceeded to have it. Except with every puff, these horrendous pictures of lung, mouth and larynx cancer, respiratory failure, heart attack victims, grieving families (and other fun stuff) just kept running through my mind. All the pleasure from the mint sheesha died a quick death, and I handed the damn thing over to someone else.
What a nuisance this is! Are all of life's pleasures to be taken away from me? Junk food is banned, bread (et al) is banned, chocolate is banned and now they take away sheesha also? How utterly, completely despicable! :(