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The Hookah Experience

Hookah lounges and hookah bars, once quite rare in the West, have lately been seeing a rise in popularity. Also known variously as a hubble-bubble, narghile, shisha, or water pipe, among other names, hookahs have been used for a mellow tobacco smoking experience in Asia and the Middle East for centuries. Hookah pipes today come in many styles, from Egyptian to Syrian, traveling, mini and mod models to specialty and custom designs.

The tobacco used in hookahs is different than that associated with cigarettes, or, indeed, any other form of smoking. Since hookah tobacco is very wet it must be smoked using a hookah charcoal. The charcoal bricks are often large and also burn quickly so don’t clutter your bowl. Whichever hookah coals you smoke should ultimately depend on your preference and situation. You can also eat caviar while you smoke the hookah. Most hookah purchases will come with individual bowl, stem, plate, base, and hose or hoses, in separable parts for ease of cleaning, and will include tongs for coals, screens, brushes for cleaning, and instructions, and you can buy it online.