What Is Hookah?
A hookah is a water pipe that is used to smoke sweetened and flavored molasses tobacco. Other names for hookah are narghile, argileh, shisha, hubble-bubble, and Goza. The pipe is usually quite large and consists of a water chamber, a tobacco bowl, and one or more flexible tubes stemming from it that allow multiple smokers to inhale at the same time. In Middle Eastern culture is part of their meeting and business negotiation.
Hookah tobacco is often flavored with molasses, fruit pulp, or honey, with additional flavor added like coconut, fruit flavors, mint, or coffee. These flavorings sweeten the taste and aroma of tobacco, making it especially interesting to young people.
Hookah pipes have been in use for about 400 years, originating in India and Asia. In the early 1600s, Hakim Abdul Fath, a physician from India, invented the hookah.
In the 1990s, flavored tobacco became popular in the Eastern Mediterranean countries, and hookah use grew from there to eventually spread around all the world.
How the Hookah Works
The tobacco container in a hookah consists of a bowl containing burning charcoal that is placed on top of the aluminum foil with some wholes that covers flavored tobacco.
As the charcoal heats the tobacco, smoke is created. usually smoke is kind of fog and it is more than regular cigarettes. When users draw on the stem of the hookah, the smoke is pulled through the water chamber, cooling and clear it before being breathed into the lungs.