A hookah (waterpipe, narghile, arghila, kalian, qalyan or shisha) is a single- or multi-stemmed instrument for vaporizing and smoking flavored tobacco called shisha in which the vapor or smoke is passed through a water basin (often glass-based) before inhalation.
When a waterpipe is used to produce smoke (as is common in the Arab States of the Persian Gulf), it is usually referred to as a hookah, which means "jar" in Arabic. When the same device is used to vaporize shisha (as is common in India and the Levant), it is usually referred to as a nargile, which means "gourd" in Sanskrit.
The vapor from a nargile looks similar enough to the smoke from a hookah as to cause both users and medical professionals to often confuse the two.
This category is for sites about the recreational use of hookah and other types of water pipes.
Information on Galyan (Qalyan), a water pipe chiefly used in the Middle East and Central Asia for smoking tobacco.
History of tobacco and water pipe in Persia.
Hookah blog on the culture of smoking hookah
Hookah product reviews and smoking tips blog
Forum and articles with hookah tips, product reviews, and industry news.
Directory of hookah establishments in the US.
Information on the negative effects of shisha and suggestions on quitting.
Hookah in art and society, its origins, health and pharmacology.
Directory of shisha lounges in the UK, including contact information, pricing and images.
Reviews and shisha experiences, as well as advice on handling hookah, smoking safely and flavoured recipe ideas.
Overview with origins and history and cultural aspects of waterpipe smoking.
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