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Hookah 101

By:   |   Jul 08, 2018   |   Views: 21   |   Comments: 0

I worked in Bahrain for almost a year, and may stay there was quite an experience. There was this time that I went to this area in Manama the capital of Bahrain where they have a lot of shops that was very affordable for tourist that wants to buy some souvenirs. But there is this activity that made me curious to peek in to this certain shop where they are smoking in a different way. I have learned that in the Arab countries, people smoke hookahs as part of their culture and traditions. Social smoking is done with a single or double hose, and sometimes even more numerous such as a triple or quadruple hose in the forms of parties or small get-togethers. When the smoker is finished, either the hose is placed back on the table signifying that it is available, or it is handed from one user to the next, folded back on itself so that the mouthpiece is not pointing at the recipient. It has been recorded that the Arabs are the biggest shisha smokers in the World and have the most shisha Cafes.

That was the place I was in. The most highly-dressed and beautiful hookah was prepared for me. I tried it, but did not like it. For the reason that, I was not really smoking. As after several attempts I still found it disagreeable in taste, I with much willingness requested to know whether it was really necessary that I should become a smoker, which was answered with equal gravity, "Undoubtedly it is, for you might as well be out of the world as out of the fashion. In this place everybody uses a hookah, and it is impossible to get on without" as told to me by the shop owner and have frequently heard men declare they would much rather be deprived of their dinner than their hookah.

A hookah is known by many different names in different parts of the world, a hubble-bubble or hubbly-bubbly, a water pipe. The most famous instance of hookah smoking is probably that of the caterpillar in Lewis Carroll's Alice in Wonderland. A hookah consists of a hollow glass (sometimes clay or brass) base which is filled with water, a vertical pipe topped with a clay bowl for the shisha and coals, and a usually colorful hose. When one sucks on the hose, the smoke is drawn down the pipe and through the water, which cools and filters it. This also produces a peaceful bubbling sound. This sound is as delightful now as the prospect of blowing bubbles in a glass of milk was to most of us when we were in kindergarten. While Shisha is tobacco mixed with molasses and fruit flavors and is smoked in a hookah. Shisha tobacco is not your typical tobacco. It's nothing like the tobacco you find in cigars, cigarettes, or dip. No, smoking true nargile shisha is an entirely different experience.

Shisha Tobacco is the Best as it's been well documented in the media; the tobacco in cigarettes is anything but pure. Large amounts of nicotine and other additives make it extremely harmful. Some cigarettes claim to be additive free, but plain tobacco isn't terribly pleasant to smoke. Smoked for flavor and not for any kind of effect, it proves a relaxing and peaceful pursuit. Since shisha is tobacco, smoking it involves some of the same ill effects as other types of smoking. It is very light and flavorful with a wonderful fruity aroma. The most popular flavor is apple; others include strawberry, pineapple, apricot, grape, rose, mint, and even cappuccino! (There is even an exclusive cola flavor). Is that cool or what?

In the Middle East, from Turkey to India , there are shisha cafes where people gather to smoke and drink coffee or tea. Smoking shisha can last two hours or more and is a very peaceful, social occasion generally filled with good conversation with friends. A shisha smoking session can last from thirty minutes up to and hour. As an ex-cigarette smoker, as said by a hookah smoker would explain says that shisha smoking is very smooth and most unnoticeable when inhaled.

If you are a smoker, what are you waiting for I would suggest you try hookah for you to have a different experience in the world of smoking. Enjoy.

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