So maybe S$50 a pipe?
I can't see that working myself, not at that price. A shisha would be a novelty here for most people. Who would pay that much for novelty? It might look rather romantic, but it's hard-core smoking (as smooth as it might taste you're banging full-on pipe tobacco straight into your lungs), as, not being able to speak the following morning will attest to.
I expect you could get yourself an A1 Cuban cigar for way less than that (I tried to check/source, but no one here seems to want to list prices, not even DFS at Changi, or Heathrow, or Dallas DFW!)
But then at the last moment I chanced upon this...
A box of the eminently easygoing and smokeable, and quite indulgent Cuban Montecristo #2 (my old very occasional fav from before I got married!!
), bought Duty Free, work out at S$16 a cigar. One of them might last you what, 45+ minutes; maybe somewhere the same as a very well-tended shisha? You still think paying triple the cost of a lux Cuban, for a shisha, is going to sell? Who to?
Gahmen does all they can to dissuade users from this intoxication.
No. Many governments raise 'sin taxes'. Taxes on things they tell you are bad for you. In that guise they are professing to act in your own interest right? (whilst taking your money by the wallet-full, and knowing little or nothing will stop you). It's an old tactic, of which Singapore also appears to be quite accomplished.