Hookah pipes, also sometimes referred to as water pipes, are glass-based instruments that are used to smoke tobacco mixtures. They are single or multiple stem and have a large base that is partially filled with clean water. The devices are quite popular in the United States, the Middle East, Australia and Great Britain and their use can be traced back to fifteen hundreds. And although smoking hookah is historically considered a long-standing tradition, they are becoming increasingly popular among high school and high school students.
The device can be traced back hundreds of years in North-West India and was reportedly invented by a professional Iranian doctor there. After European explorers introduced tobacco into the country, the doctor, Abu’l-Fath Gilani imagined an elaborate device that would allow Indian Nobles to smoke their tobacco through the water to make sure it was cleansed. He designed the blown glass device and soon became very popular among nobles and nobles, who considered him an important status symbol.
Throughout the Arab world, smoking with hookah is an important part of tradition and culture. Social smoking is a popular hobby in which people, taking part in a party or other social gatherings, share the tobacco prepared through one of the pipes of the hookah until it all ends. If a single-stemmed device is used, participants use their personal mouthpieces when it is their turn to prevent the inevitable sharing of germs.
In America, hookahs became popular in the 1960s and 1970s as a unique way to enjoy flavored tobacco. Their popularity has remained stable there mainly due to the implementation by the country of strict anti-smoking laws in public places.
Hookah bars, companies where customers gather to participate, are exempt from these laws thanks to certain permits they are eligible for. Cafes are particularly popular on college campuses and nearby and are famous for their great menu of tobacco flavors and casual atmospheres.
The devices consist of a series of essential components such as hoses, bowls, windscreens and purge valves. Bowls, also called heads, are typically made of pottery or clay and sit on top of the hookahs. They are responsible for the containment of tobacco during the session and are typically characterized by a small aluminum windshield that prevents the tobacco from falling off and freeing itself of debris.
The hoses are slender and flexible pieces that attach to the base of the device. They allow the user to suck the smoke from a distance of about two or three feet and to ensure that the hot smoke cools down sufficiently before it reaches their lips. The hookah water base or container is the largest and most recognizable part of the device. It holds the necessary water, which passes through the smoke before reaching the pipes.
Many, especially the newer ones, are also equipped with special purge valves that are on top of the can and are used to effectively purge the stale air from the compartment.