There is a picture circulating on the Internet of Steve Hunt, a candidate in next month’s Oklahoma City mayor’s race, which might raise some eyebrows.
I’ve included the photo with this post. Everyone who sends me this picture seems to think it’s really damning, but if you understand what you are looking at, it really isn’t that bad.
Hunt is smoking out of a hookah pipe. He’s not smoking illicit drugs out of a bong. Hookah is a a traditional way of smokng tobacco that originated in India and is popular in the Middle East. You might remember it from cartoons when you were a kid.
Hookah has become trendy in the United States, with bars offering flavored tobacco to smoke with your friends. I know of two such hookah bars in Oklahoma City.
I should point out that I tried hookah once at a bar in Dallas a few years ago. I’ve never smoked so much as a cigarette, but I gave “strawberry fields” tobacco a try. It wasn’t really my cup of tea, but I’m told it’s far less harsh than regular tobacco.
Steve Hunt is an interesting character. He’s certainly not an experienced politician, and he doesn’t have the background you’d expect from a mayoral candidate. But anyone using this photo against him should at least understand what he’s actually doing.
Smoking any tobacco obviously carries with it health risks. But smoking out of a hookah pipe is really no different than smoking a cigarette or a traditional pipe.
I have no idea whether Mayor Mick Cornett has ever smoked, but I’ve never seen any photos to that effect.
- Staff Writer Bryan Dean