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Clarification on "Hookah"

April 12th, 2008 at 03:16 pm



For those of you who have asked, I wanted to write a separate blog to explain what a hookah is. It's a device, originated in India, that is used for smoking. A sort of pipe. I would say it is akin to a "bong," only because the smoke is filtered through water, and pulled through a hose.

As to what is put in the hookah, traditionally and in my case, shisha is used. Shisha is a mixture of tobacco, flavoring, and usually molasses. It is absolutely not illegal in this country. You can buy it at many tobacco shops, or at a hookah bar (usually where I pick mine up). There are hookah bars all over the states (3 I know of just in my area), that legally run, and people can get together and smoke incredibly yummy flavors. I've had everything from mango, passionfruit, sweet melon (probably my favorite), cappucino, pumpkin pie, apricot, coconut, etc etc etc.

Because it's pulled through water, it's not quite as harsh as a cigarette. It also tastes FAR better. I'm not a smoker, nor will I ever be, but I do love a good hookah every now and again. It's relaxing, it's fun to get people together and smoke and talk, or drink.

Now, there is still nicotine in the tobacco that you would be smoking. I'm not advocating the use of hookahs or saying that anyone else should be doing it, I'm just merely explaining what it is. And also clarifying that I do NOT put illegal substances in my hookah, nor would I be stupid enough to talk about a drug habit on the internet. I only use tobacco. Anything illegal that I could put in my hookah would make it taste bad, and that just kind of defeats the purpose for me. I know that there are people out there that have done so, but I do not.

If anyone has any other questions, you can consult the almighty of almighties-- wikipedia:

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hookah

5 Responses to “Clarification on "Hookah"”

  1. Joan.of.the.Arch Says:

    Heck, no, that's a lamp I've seen in my cousin's basement. Big Grin

  2. baselle Says:

    I know of a hookah place in Seattle - since we have a no smoking inside any public place law I wonder how they get around it. I wonder if its a members only club - therefore private. Just musing.

  3. Broken Arrow Says:

    Hehehe, now there's an entry you don't see every day. Big Grin

  4. boomeyers Says:

    I must admit, "bong" was the first thought that popped into my mind. I was in college once too! Wink Very interesting. Since I gave up smoking years ago, I will never smoke anything again, but it is nice you can enjoy it without it becoming a habit. Nothing wrong with a legal treat!

  5. pjmama Says:

    Baselle- They have special permits that they get in order to allow smoking indoors, even in the places where smoking bans have been put in place. And I think it's pretty obvious if you go to a hookah bar that the possibility of inhaling second-hand smoke is inevitable Smile

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