Hookah Guide

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Is Smoking a Hookah Harmful?

Technically speaking yes, although its argued with shisha tobacco not being processed and most of it semi dried fruit smoking with shisha tobacco is not as potent as cigarettes and cigars. The water takes away many of the harmful chemicals, and so a pipe contains merely 0.5% nicotine and 0% tar.

Many of the toxic chemicals from cigarettes and cigars are released due to the tobacco being on “fire.” Also,  since shisha is heated rather than burnt, much less of the carcinogenic chemicals are not released.

What is the difference between smoking hookah tobacco and smoking cigarettes?

All major shisha manufacturers have nicotine listed at 0.5% and tar listed at 0.0%. On a pack of Marlboro Full Flavour 100′s Filter Soft Pack, there is 16 miligrams of tar and 1.2 miligrams of nicotine (these numbers are listed on the philip moriss website, www.philipmorris.com). Most cigarettes contain over 2.0% in nicotine. “Among the findings, Marlboro had as much as 9.6 percent freebase nicotine; Camel contained 2.7 percent; Winston had 5 percent to 6.2 percent; and Gauloises Blondes was found to have 5.7 percent to 7.5 percent.” (“‘Freebase’ Nicotine Thought to Make Cigarettes More Addictive ” Hookah has only 0.5% nicotine and 0% tar.

I’m new to hookah smoking, how easy is it to get started?

Getting started is actually very simple. If you’re new to hookah pipe, you may want to purchase a beginners kit so you can get started without looking for all the bits and pieces separately. Contact us today to get started on using Hookah.

What size hookah should I consider?

Any size is suitable for smoking. The taller the pipe the longer the smoke has time to cool and mix with air, but you’ll get a good smoke from any size pipe. The average pipe size is 60-75 cm to the top of the clay bowl. If you usually smoke with friends you can purchase a large multi hose hookah so you don’t have to wait several minutes to get your smoke.

How often should I clean my hookah?

For best results the pipe should be cleaned each smoking session. If you use several bowls of tobacco in one sitting you may wish to change the water in the bottle when swapping flavors. Clean the pipe (stem) with a soft hookah cleaning brush and very carefully funnel clear hot water through the pipe If you use a chemical based cleaning fluid ensure you have flushed it out thoroughly with water.

Never use hot water to rinse out your leather hose! For more help on cleaning your pipe, contact us today! We are eager to help you in having the most enjoyable hookah experience.

How long does the flavored tobacco/molasses last?

Shisha is a special blend of fresh tobacco leaves, fruit pulp, and molasses or honey. From production, the tobacco can be stored for up to 2 years. See the packaging for a use by date or more commonly the manufacture date.

How long will one hookah bowl of shisha last?

Each bowl lasts approximately 30-45 minutes but some brands can smoke for 1.5 hours per bowl.

How long will one charcoal last?

Each charcoal lasts approximately 20-30 minutes. There are many types of charcoal to choose from. Call us today to find the best one that fits your needs!

How many bowls in each pack of shisha?

In a 50g pack there are approximately four to six average bowls worth. In a 250g pack there are approximately twenty to thirty bowls. In a 500g carton there are ten individual 50g packs, approximately forty to sixty bowls.

How to prepare the Hookah?

Preparation. You have now purchased your Hookah and are eager to try it out. Please wash the Hookah thoroughly before using it for the first time. Always wash your hookah thoroughly, to get rid of the old tobacco smell and dirt and never re-use the old water in the vase. Fill the vase with water such that the stem of the hookah is submerged approximately one inch in the water. Some people also put the glass vase in the freezer to cool down for a short time (10 to 15 minutes). Fit the middle section onto the vase. Some hookahs come with a plastic seal that goes in between the vase and the metal argile to keep it from losing smoke or drawing in unwanted air.

Attachment. Place the tray on the argile. The tray is used to place your extra coals on, catch any spillage and as a place to store the hookah tong. Now its time to attach the hose to the Hookah Some hookahs have more than one hose. If you own one of those, either attach them all, or seal the ones that you are not using with a plastic seal (it’s usually supplied with the Hookah). When you are not smoking, always keep your fingers at the end of the hose. This keeps the hose air-tight and allows for better smoke for those who are smoking. Most of the hoses have a plastic part that goes between hookah’s argile and the hose itself. Make sure that this is firmly in place, to keep the end of the hose air tight

Packing the shisha. This is a very important step. When you put the tobacco in the bowl don’t just push it in there. Sprinkle the tobacco in small amounts, to allow air between the tobacco pieces so that the heat from the coal can travel freely through the tobacco. This also allows the tobacco to burn more evenly. Another option is to sprinkle the tobacco in the bowl and then make a small hole in the middle. Place the aluminum foil on top of the bowl. Cut the aluminum foil into squares about 2 inches larger than the bowls diameter. For health reasons the shiny part of the aluminum foil must be face down.

Making holes in the foil. Make holes in the aluminum foil. Use an object with a sharp tip such as pin or toothpick. Start with a small hole in the center and make circles of holes around it. If you want larger amount of smoke in the beginning, you can put one or two deep, larger holes toward the sides of the bowl such that the hole goes through the tobacco. This will let oxygen travel through the tobacco better and help it burn more. The holes are made to let oxygen into the bowl in order to allow the tobacco to burn. So if you put too many holes, the tobacco will burn faster and you might get a burned smell. If you have too few holes, the tobacco won’t burn as well.

Lighting the coals and smoking the hookah. Now we can light the coals and put them on the hookah head. Light the coal and place it on the aluminum foil. It is usually best to place the coal slightly to one side of the bowl, and when this coal is burned, place the new coal on the opposite side. And finally we are ready to Smoke the Hookah. In the beginning the hookah may need a little time to start smoking, so be patient.

My hookah doesn’t seem to be smoking right. What do I do?

1. Check your bowl. The most common mistake is packing the shisha too tightly. Make sure that you break the shisha apart and lightly sprinkle it into the bowl to the top. Don’t fill it past the top because you’ll be packing the shisha when you cover it with a metal screen or foil.

2. Check your charcoal. If the charcoal is covered with ash, there may not be enough heat getting to the shisha. Use your tongs to tap the charcoal ash off into your hookah tray and place the red charcoal back on your head.

3. Check your gaskets. Make sure that all of the components of the hookah are fitting nicely together. A snug fit will make the smoke flow more efficiently. You may check for a burnt gasket. Some hookahs expose the gasket and are easily burnt by charcoal that is moved around in the tray.

4. Check your hoses. If you have multiple hoses, make sure that all ends are plugged properly. For example, if you have two or three hoses on your hookah and there is only one person smoking, you’ll need to remove the hoses and use rubber stoppers or tape to block the hose holes. For full instructions please contact us.

Although there is no tar and less nicotine, Hookah smoking is still smoking. Please be aware of the risks of tobacco before choosing to start smoking.