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Welcome to the Hookah FAQ, where we provide the answers to all of your Hookah smoking questions!

Hookah is The New Chill , A Hookah is a water pipe used to smoke Shisha.
*Picture from Wikipedia.com 
Hookah is Social Facilitator just as much as it is a smoking device. The New Chill has grown in astounding numbers with over 600 Hookah Bars opening up in the USA over the past 6 years. It’s popularity is driven by its sweet tasting Shisha as well as its socially facilitating capabilities, allowing Girls and Guys to hang out, meet new people and chat it up, over a nice relaxing hookah.
The height of the hookah should have no effect on the taste or pull of the hookah. As long as the Hookah is air tight it should smoke to perfection whether it is 12″ or 100″
The number of hoses your hookah has will not effect the taste or smoke. As hookahs are mainly smoked in groups of at least 3, its convenient to have enough hoses to go around. Check out our Single Hose or Multi Hose Hookahs.
The first obvious difference is that the Acrylic base is made from tough plastic, its very durable and great for those who may break a glass base.
There is no difference in the smoking or taste of the hookah regardless of the base.
Acrylic Hookahs must not have used hookah water in their base over night or for any extended period of time.
Always emptying out your hookahs water after smoking is recommended to keep the hookah fresh tasting.
A twist-on stem screws the stem into the base, securing the base air tightly. Its easy to open and close, great for cleaning and maintenance.
Some Hookahs come with our standard Hookah Hoses, we do offer with your hookah Modern Metal Tip Hookah Hose(s) at a special discount. The Modern Metal Tip Hookah Hose(s) come in the color of your hookah, the hose(s) are 6 feet long and made from the highest quality leather used on any hose. It’s hose is extra wide to allow for a bigger taste.
Yes! it’s a steal! The Modern Metal Tip Hookah Hose is our Best Smoking Hose, it is extra wide allowing for more taste and it’s leather is extra durable. Save up to 50% on when purchased with your hookah.
It is not the weight of the hookah you should be concerned about but the materials the hookah is made from, you will notice our new materials guide for most hookahs, which will tell you the types of metals and glass used to make the hookah. The quality pyramid starts with hookahs made from chrome such as the at the top then, stainless steel hookahs such as the H Uno, then brass hookahs. As you will find apparent we do not sell any brass hookahs due to their lacking
longevity for the average hookah smoker.
It is most important to make sure your hookah fits you. Whether it be an Zen Hookah for the smoker on the go, or the Rock Candy Hookah (Our #1 Hookah Bar Hookah) for the sophisticated smoker, each and every hookah has qualities that can make it perfect for you.
Unique hookahs such as the all glass Double Hose Crystal Cases.
The number of hoses whether a 1 2 3 or 4 hose hookah should be based upon your planned usage, if your looking to use your hookah with lots of friends, a (Party) Multiple Hose Hookah would be best for you.
Every multiple hose hookah on Hookah Town comes with an auto seal feature, so you wont have to cover the hookah hose when your friend is using their hose.

 

Hookah Shisha faq

Regular Shisha is tobacco leaves mixed with fruit flavored molasses, it contains no tar. Herbal Hukka Shisha is herbs mixed with fruit flavored molasses.
it contains no Tar Nicotine or Tobacco.
Each flavor has its own unique taste and is great on its own , you can always mix your flavors to great new interesting and tasty flavors.
Yes it is great to mix flavors! There are some flavors which are intended as mixers, such as mint. Mint is great when mixed with double apple and many other flavors, simply add 90% Double Apple and 10% Mint for a great taste.
The wetter your Hookah Shisha is, the better tasting it will be, if the Shisha is not stored in a cool air tight place it will begin to dry out, and taste less fruitful.
Storing your Shisha in a  cool dry room will keep your shisha fresh. Refrigerating your shisha is also recommended.
A twist-on stem screws the stem into the base, securing the base air tightly. Its easy to open and close, great for cleaning and maintenance.
Some Hookahs come with our standard Hookah Hoses, we do offer with your hookah Modern Metal Tip Hookah Hose(s) at a special discount. The Modern Metal Tip Hookah Hose(s) come in the color of your hookah, the hose(s) are 6 feet long and made from the highest quality leather used on any hose. It’s hose is extra wide to allow for a bigger taste.
Yes! it’s a steal! The Modern Metal Tip Hookah Hose is our Best Smoking Hose, it is extra wide allowing for more taste and it’s leather is extra durable. Save up to 50% on when purchased with your hookah.
It is not the weight of the hookah you should be concerned about but the materials the hookah is made from, you will notice our new materials guide for most hookahs, which will tell you the types of metals and glass used to make the hookah. The quality pyramid starts with hookahs made from chrome such as the at the top then, stainless steel hookahs such as the H Uno, then brass hookahs. As you will find apparent we do not sell any brass hookahs due to their lacking
longevity for the average hookah smoker.
It is most important to make sure your hookah fits you. Whether it be an Zen Hookah for the smoker on the go, or the Rock Candy Hookah (Our #1 Hookah Bar Hookah) for the sophisticated smoker, each and every hookah has qualities that can make it perfect for you.
Unique hookahs such as the all glass Double Hose Crystal Cases.
The number of hoses whether a 1 2 3 or 4 hose hookah should be based upon your planned usage, if your looking to use your hookah with lots of friends, a (Party) Multiple Hose Hookah would be best for you.
Every multiple hose hookah on Hookah Town comes with an auto seal feature, so you wont have to cover the hookah hose when your friend is using their hose.

Welcome to the Charcoal FAQ, where we provide the answers to all of your Hookah smoking questions!

The Charcoal after being lit is placed atop the holed tinfoil or Tin Screen atop the hookah clay bowl, the heat vapors from the extremely hot coal are used to burn the wet shisha.
There are many easy and safe ways to put out a charcoal, dropping it into water is always fast and easy, whether in your toilet, a bucket, or a puddle.
It is always best to light a charcoal outside or out a window, for a quicker light use a stove top to start the charcoal”
Get the Modern Wind Cover, if your hookah will fall the coal will fall into the windcover protecting you and your carpet. If your hookah ever begins to fall and you catch it, the coal will not slide off!
Charcoals last for quite awhile however if stored under extreme tempatures, whether hot or cold will cause them to light less quickly, possibly break upon lighting, and will not burn as long as usual.
With the better types of charcoals such as the Swift Lite and Five Star brands you should not need to clean off the ash from the coal, removing the ash is only neccessary when the ash begins to break up and fall into the hookah bowl. If that is happening use your tong and gently push down atop the middle of the coal with the thin side of the tong and push off one side of the ash, then do the same for the other side.
No, Never! Lighting your charcoal atop of your hookah will cause it to taste terrible, always be sure to have your hookah charcoal fully lit before placing it atop your hookah.

The type of charcoal that is best for you is dependent upon your smoking preferences as well as your smoking location. Typically for hookah smokers it is recommended to use the Five Star Quicklite Large Charcoals, these are very easy to light and will have your hookah smoking in less then 25 seconds and will last for up to an hour. Be sure to light the coal outside a window or outside and away from your body.
As opposed to the Quicklite charcoals the newer method of stove light Hookah coals has allowed for a cleaner smoke, (these may take up to 60 seconds to light on a stove).

Although abit more time consuming these Stovelite charcoals are beneficially regarding their cleaner smoother smoke (for those whom complain of a charcoal taste to their hookah, these are perfect for you) which allows your hookah to taste as best as possible. Regarding lighting Stovelite charcoals, as with all charcoals, the more the charcoal is lit the quicker your hookah will be started, keep in mind with finger coals, the size of the coal and how much is lit will determine how quick your hookah will begin to smoke (learn your preferred size by initially braking off 1/5 of the finger and working your way up from there).

Initially the bottom portion of the coal is most important (for tablets the bottom is the indented portion, for fingers whichever side is lit best should be the bottom); eventually the top will become red and fully lit. The initially puffs are based upon the bottom of the coal. The size of the hookah coal will determine how long the smoke will last; you can always add more coals to the same bowl as they finish until the shisha is fully burned. Keep in mind when placing more coals onto the bowl, not to cover every hole of the tin foil with the coal; some air flow is needed to keep the hookah tasting its best.
It is most important to make sure your hookah fits you. Whether it be an Zen Hookah for the smoker on the go, or the Rock Candy Hookah (Our #1 Hookah Bar Hookah) for the sophisticated smoker, each and every hookah has qualities that can make it perfect for you.
Unique hookahs such as the all glass Double Hose Crystal Cases.
The number of hoses whether a 1 2 3 or 4 hose hookah should be based upon your planned usage, if your looking to use your hookah with lots of friends, a (Party) Multiple Hose Hookah would be best for you.
Every multiple hose hookah on Hookah Town comes with an auto seal feature, so you wont have to cover the hookah hose when your friend is using their hose.

Welcome to the Hookah Smoking FAQ, where we provide the answers to all of your Hookah smoking questions!

You must be 18 years old to buy or smoke a hookah.

Your Hookah can be harsh for several reasons, (*Quick Tip: Packing the shisha light and fluffy into the bowl will lead to the most taste and smoothest smoke) begin by puffing out through your hose, softly and in spurts to release the harsh smoke from the base through the air gasket. air gasket- ball must be rolling and able to be pushed up when blown from hose.

Then take a look at your clay bowl, are the holes too big? too many? too close together?

Try pushing the charcoal away from some of the holes towards a different part of the bowl and towards the edge. then begin to pull on the hookah again and it should be just fine. If need be add an additional layer of tinfoil onto the bowl with holes.

The underlying cause of any harsh smoke is usually due to too much tobacco being burned too quickly. Whether it is due to the positioning of the Hookah Charcoal, or the amount of holes, the size of holes and their spacing, be sure not too much tobacco is being burned at once.

First check to be sure your hookah is air tight, once you are sure it is continue to test the hookah for any clogs or holes.”
With your Hookah Fully assembled, take the clay bowl off the top of your hookah, and place your hand sealing the top opening of the hookah. Then pull on the hose, if you dont get any air, your hookah is perfect. If you are able to suck in, make sure all hookah parts are fastened securely and that your hand is sealed well atop the hookah and try again, if it is still letting air in, begin to listen while you breath as to where the hole might be.

The most popular air tight issue is the Hose, you can test your hose by sealing your hand around one end and breathing in from the other, if you dont get any air, the hose is good.

First check your water level, if the water in your base is too high it may get sucked in when you smoke. If the water level is just fine, try to pulling less hard on your hookah.
This will keep your hookah in its best tasting smoking condition for as long as possible. Cleaning out the water prevents the hookah from smelling, becoming bad tasting, and rusting.
The Valve is there to enable the hookah smoker to blow out the smoke from the base if the smoke becomes undesirable for any reason.As shown in “My Hookah is Harsh, What to do?” if your hookah becomes harsh blowing slightly and in short spurts through the hose will clean out the smoke in the base, so you may fix the charcoal or whatever problem caused the undesirable taste.
To fix your hookah and regain its air-tightness it is important to have the air valve ball there , if it is not it is recommended to crush tinfoil into a tiny ball and place it in the valve, filling the entire hole, if the hole is not completely closed the hookah will not be air tight, you will hear air coming from the valve when pulling on the hose, if it continues to leak, plug the hole with tinfoil, or wrap tinfoil around the valve, not allowing any air in. The tin ball may not allow you to blow out when the hookah is harsh, however if the air valves cap is left off, you can pull the tin ball out to allow for clearing the base.
Adding everything from tea to your favorite juices or beverages 😉 can add loads of flavor to your hookah!
The first thing you would want to check, as always is that your hookah is air tight, like shown in I’m not getting any smoke?

After begin to check your hose, unplug it from the hose slot and attempt to blow hard through the hose, is there something stuck in there? is the hose clogged?

If the hose is fine the next thing you may want to check is the hookah stem, be sure the stem is clear, shine a light at the base and remove the hookah clay bowl, be sure you can look directly down and there is nothing stuck in the pipe. If your hookah is clean and not being constricted by anything the next piece to check would be the hookah bowl, be sure the bowls holes are not clogged by old shisha.

When all of that has been confirmed clear the cause may be the amount of holes poked in your tinfoil. You may either need to add more small holes, or increase the size of the holes to allow more air to come through the hookah. Be sure not to entirely restrict the airflow of the hookah by covering every hole poked, with the lit charcoal, there should always be some holes which are not covered by the charcoal.

Welcome to the Hookah Setup FAQ, where we provide the answers to all of your Hookah questions!

The thinner the tin foil the better, be sure to have the bland side of the tinfoil facing up.

Cut a piece approximately 4″x4″ or however much is needed to securely fully cover and wrap around the top of the bowl.

The size and amount of holes poked into the tinfoil will determine the lightness or thickness of the smoke. The smaller and less holes poked…the lighter the smoke will be…the wider and more holes poked, the thicker the smoke will be.

It is best to start off using a pin to poke your holes, start off poking holes as if you were cutting a pizza pie, with 6 holes being punched for each row. Experimentation is needed to achieve your preferred smoke, changing your holes formation (size and amount) in an attempt to create a better smoke is recommended.

It is best to have the drop down tube, submerged in the water approximately 1″-1 1/2 “. The amount of water in your base will determine how hard you will need to pull on your hookah when smoking. The more water the more filtration there is as well. The less water the easier it is to pull.

It is best to break up the shisha into thin pieces before placing it into the bowl (using a fork or tongs). Then gently place the shisha into the bowl filling it up just below the brim ,allowing the Shisha to stay fluffy and spaced, this will ensure the best tasting smoke.

With Egyptian hookahs that are tightly squeezed in, attempt o pull them stem in a twisting motion until it comes free. When placing the stem into the base wet the grommet(rubber around the stem) to help it slide in.
First check your water level, if the water in your base is too high it may get sucked in when you smoke. If the water level is just fine, try to pulling less hard on your hookah.
This will keep your hookah in its best tasting smoking condition for as long as possible. Cleaning out the water prevents the hookah from smelling, becoming bad tasting, and rusting.
The Valve is there to enable the hookah smoker to blow out the smoke from the base if the smoke becomes undesirable for any reason.As shown in “My Hookah is Harsh, What to do?” if your hookah becomes harsh blowing slightly and in short spurts through the hose will clean out the smoke in the base, so you may fix the charcoal or whatever problem caused the undesirable taste.
To fix your hookah and regain its air-tightness it is important to have the air valve ball there , if it is not it is recommended to crush tinfoil into a tiny ball and place it in the valve, filling the entire hole, if the hole is not completely closed the hookah will not be air tight, you will hear air coming from the valve when pulling on the hose, if it continues to leak, plug the hole with tinfoil, or wrap tinfoil around the valve, not allowing any air in. The tin ball may not allow you to blow out when the hookah is harsh, however if the air valves cap is left off, you can pull the tin ball out to allow for clearing the base.
Adding everything from tea to your favorite juices or beverages 😉 can add loads of flavor to your hookah!
The first thing you would want to check, as always is that your hookah is air tight, like shown in I’m not getting any smoke?

After begin to check your hose, unplug it from the hose slot and attempt to blow hard through the hose, is there something stuck in there? is the hose clogged?

If the hose is fine the next thing you may want to check is the hookah stem, be sure the stem is clear, shine a light at the base and remove the hookah clay bowl, be sure you can look directly down and there is nothing stuck in the pipe. If your hookah is clean and not being constricted by anything the next piece to check would be the hookah bowl, be sure the bowls holes are not clogged by old shisha.

When all of that has been confirmed clear the cause may be the amount of holes poked in your tinfoil. You may either need to add more small holes, or increase the size of the holes to allow more air to come through the hookah. Be sure not to entirely restrict the airflow of the hookah by covering every hole poked, with the lit charcoal, there should always be some holes which are not covered by the charcoal.

 

Welcome to the Hookah Cleaning FAQ, where we provide the answers to all of your Hookah Cleaning questions!

1. Always be sure to empty the liquid out of the base after using the hookah and before putting the hookah away.

2. Use the Total Hookah Care Kit ,it will keep your hookah looking, tasting and hitting as if it were brand new!

It is best to have the drop down tube, submerged in the water approximately 1″-1 1/2 “. The amount of water in your base will determine how hard you will need to pull on your hookah when smoking. The more water the more filtration there is as well. The less water the easier it is to pull.

It is best to break up the shisha into thin pieces before placing it into the bowl (using a fork or tongs). Then gently place the shisha into the bowl filling it up just below the brim ,allowing the Shisha to stay fluffy and spaced, this will ensure the best tasting smoke.

With Egyptian hookahs that are tightly squeezed in, attempt o pull them stem in a twisting motion until it comes free. When placing the stem into the base wet the grommet(rubber around the stem) to help it slide in.
First check your water level, if the water in your base is too high it may get sucked in when you smoke. If the water level is just fine, try to pulling less hard on your hookah.
This will keep your hookah in its best tasting smoking condition for as long as possible. Cleaning out the water prevents the hookah from smelling, becoming bad tasting, and rusting.
The Valve is there to enable the hookah smoker to blow out the smoke from the base if the smoke becomes undesirable for any reason.As shown in “My Hookah is Harsh, What to do?” if your hookah becomes harsh blowing slightly and in short spurts through the hose will clean out the smoke in the base, so you may fix the charcoal or whatever problem caused the undesirable taste.
To fix your hookah and regain its air-tightness it is important to have the air valve ball there , if it is not it is recommended to crush tinfoil into a tiny ball and place it in the valve, filling the entire hole, if the hole is not completely closed the hookah will not be air tight, you will hear air coming from the valve when pulling on the hose, if it continues to leak, plug the hole with tinfoil, or wrap tinfoil around the valve, not allowing any air in. The tin ball may not allow you to blow out when the hookah is harsh, however if the air valves cap is left off, you can pull the tin ball out to allow for clearing the base.
Adding everything from tea to your favorite juices or beverages 😉 can add loads of flavor to your hookah!
The first thing you would want to check, as always is that your hookah is air tight, like shown in I’m not getting any smoke?

After begin to check your hose, unplug it from the hose slot and attempt to blow hard through the hose, is there something stuck in there? is the hose clogged?

If the hose is fine the next thing you may want to check is the hookah stem, be sure the stem is clear, shine a light at the base and remove the hookah clay bowl, be sure you can look directly down and there is nothing stuck in the pipe. If your hookah is clean and not being constricted by anything the next piece to check would be the hookah bowl, be sure the bowls holes are not clogged by old shisha.

When all of that has been confirmed clear the cause may be the amount of holes poked in your tinfoil. You may either need to add more small holes, or increase the size of the holes to allow more air to come through the hookah. Be sure not to entirely restrict the airflow of the hookah by covering every hole poked, with the lit charcoal, there should always be some holes which are not covered by the charcoal.

WELCOME TO THE E-HOOKAH STICKS FAQ, WHERE WE PROVIDE THE ANSWERS TO ALL OF YOUR E-HOOKAH PEN QUESTIONS!

A hookah stick is an electronic water vapor device that comes in different flavors and gives the effect of an ordinary hookah but in a portable form in a shape of a cigarette
Sure you can! There is a wide variety of Refillable Hookah Pens to choose from.
In theory you can become addicted to anything. Some Hookah sticks contain nicotine some do not. Nicotine can be an addictive substance.
Online, Delis, Gas Stations, Bars/Nightclubs, Pharmacies, & Casinos
Many high quality hookah sticks, only contain water , fruit flavoring, and Propylene glycol neither of which are harmful, and most definitely less harmful than cigarettes.
Propylene glycol, also called 1,2-propanediol or propane-1,2-diol, is an organic compound (a diol or double alcohol) with formula C3H8O2. It is a colorless, nearly odorless, clear, viscous liquid with a faintly sweet taste, hygroscopic and miscible with water, acetone, and chloroform.

The compound is sometimes called α-propylene glycol to distinguish it from the isomer propane-1,3-diol (β-propylene glycol).
The acute oral toxicity of propylene glycol is very low, and large quantities are required to cause perceptible health damage in humans; propylene glycol is metabolized in the human body intopyruvic acid (a normal part of the glucose-metabolism process, readily converted to energy), acetic acid (handled by ethanol-metabolism), lactic acid (a normal acid generally abundant during digestion),[12] and propionaldehyde (a potentially hazardous substance).[13][14][15]
Serious toxicity generally occurs only at plasma concentrations over 1 g/L, which requires extremely high intake over a relatively short period of time.[16] It would be nearly impossible to reach toxic levels by consuming foods or supplements, which contain at most 1 g/kg of PG. Cases of propylene glycol poisoning are usually related to either inappropriate intravenous administration or accidental ingestion of large quantities by children.[17] The potential for long-term oral toxicity is also low. In one study, in 1972, 12 rats were provided with feed containing as much as 5% PG in feed over a period of 104 weeks and they showed no apparent ill effects; no data on offspring was offered.[18] Because of its low chronic oral toxicity, propylene glycol was classified by the U. S. Food and Drug Administration as “generally recognized as safe” (GRAS) for use as a direct food additive.
(Wikipedia)

Yes. FDA issued a letter to the Electronic Cigarette Association inviting electronic cigarette firms to work in cooperation with the agency toward the goal of assuring that electronic cigarettes sold in the United States are lawfully marketed.  The agency intends to regulate electronic cigarettes and related products in a manner consistent with its mission of protecting the public health.
Hookah sticks come in a wide variety of flavors which is currently continuously expanding.
By law as of now you can smoke a hookah stick, E-cig, portable pen stick anywhere private or in public.  However in private places of business they are allowed to exercise their own discretion of permitting or prohibiting Hookah sticks, E-cigs, portable pen sticks.
Yes, although  just as some business will use their discretion as to whether or not to let people smoke their E- Cig/E-Hookah in their place of business we would presume airlines will follow suit.
Theoretically yes! but we do recommend asking permission at any business related establishment.
Please refer to last question and answer: We recommend asking permission before.

No, but you might run into issues with customs that will result in paying duties/taxes.

For some individuals it can be a great replacement as some do contain nicotine and can give that tinge that cigarettes give. As a person weans of the nicotine they can continue smoking hookah sticks without nicotine.

It is either because of the 5 sec auto shut off or it’s depleted of puffs.

They have the same attributes but hookah sticks have much better flavors.
As of now the best overall hookah sticks is the “Bastone” and in close 2nd “Imperial” as the second public choice.
Price ranges from $7.00 to $75.00 depending on the amount of puffs, quality, refillable, rechargeable.
Refillable hookah sticks are those which you purchase liquid separately to poor into the stick. FYI: refillable sticks are also rechargeable. Rechargeable sticks you buy the cartridges by the pack “to refill” your stick.
Yes, but only with the refillable sticks; you can purchase different flavors and then mix them into your stick.

If the light lights up and you are getting smoke, it should be working just fine.

Refillable hookah sticks/refillable e-cigs are more likely to be able to be fixed;depending on the severity of the issue.

FDA has not evaluated any e-cigarettes for safety or effectiveness. When FDA conducted limited laboratory studies of certain samples, FDA found significant quality issues that indicate that quality control processes used to manufacture these products are substandard or non-existent. FDA found that cartridges labeled as containing no nicotine contained nicotine and that three different electronic cigarette cartridges with the same label emitted a markedly different amount of nicotine with each puff. Experts have also raised concerns that the marketing of products such as e-cigarettes can increase nicotine addiction among young people and may lead kids to try other tobacco products.

FDA issued warning letters to five distributors of electronic cigarettes for violations of the Federal Food, Drug, and Cosmetic Act (FDCA).  These violations included unsubstantiated claims and poor manufacturing practices.

Taste, in theory the actual devices are the same, the only real difference is typically the taste and nicotine content.

well it depends on the items you typically use to smoke your hookah. If you use hookah tobacco and regular quicklight charcoals, then yes hookah sticks are way healthier being that you take out the tobacco and any affects from the charcoals. If you smoke your hookah with coconut coals and regular tobacco hookah sticks are still better. If you smoke with herbal shisha and regular charcoal hookah sticks are better. If you smoke with vapor stones and coconut coals or the electronic charcoals then it is essentially the same thing because you are vaporizing molasses, no tobacco etc.  

the clouds of smoke are larger and you are able to mix your own flavors, so many say yes.

too much of anything is bad for you. It is recommended to rely on the reputable brands as they have the best quality control and only include water and fruit flavoring into their sticks (nicotine into some as well where noted).

no, but if you puff on it like crazy and blow into the smoke alarm while standing on a chair…it will, we tried it 🙂

people smoke cigarettes for the nicotine, hookah sticks and e hookah and ecigs offer the nicotine without the 4,000 other chemicals cigarettes have. Similar to the patch and gum, Hookah Sticks with Nicotine offer the nicotine the smoker craves while also imitating the motion, allowing for the smoker to fulfill their oral fixation.

 

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