How to Use a Hookah

How to Use a Hookah


Welcome to the world of hookah with the LA Shisha Club. Whether you are a beginner or a hookah connoisseur, our comprehensive guide will walk you through all you need to know to fully enjoy your hookah experience.

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Hookah, also known as shisha or water pipe, is a centuries-old tradition that originated in the Middle East and has since spread worldwide. Despite its ancient roots, modern technology has refined and elevated the experience, making it an enjoyable pastime for many.

The Monitoring the Future Study, which surveys students in the 8th, 10th, and 12th grades, reported that in 2020, 8.4% of 12th graders had used a hookah in the past year.

What You’ll Need

Before you start, ensure you have the necessary hookah essentials:

  • Hookah: The main device used for smoking.
  • Shisha Tobacco: The substance that is actually smoked.
  • Charcoal: Used to heat the shisha tobacco.
  • Foil or Screen: To separate the charcoal from the tobacco.
  • Tongs: To handle the hot charcoal.

We offer a curated selection of premium quality hookah products on our website.

Before we dive into the step-by-step guide, it’s essential to note that while smoking hookah is a popular activity, it’s crucial to do so responsibly and be aware of the potential risks associated. According to recent studies, the smoke from burning charcoal that is used to heat the tobacco contains several potentially harmful chemicals.

Selecting the Right Hookah Accessories

Accessories can make a significant difference to your hookah experience. They range from heat management devices to specialized tongs and bowls. The right accessories can enhance the flavor and ensure a smoother smoke.

As a premier destination for quality hookah accessories, we ensure you’ll find just what you need at LA Shisha Club.

Step by Step Guide on Using a Hookah

Here’s a step-by-step guide on how to correctly set up and enjoy your hookah experience.

  1. Clean Your Hookah

Start by ensuring your hookah is clean. A clean hookah ensures the purity of the flavors you will smoke. Our Hookah cleaning guide offers detailed instructions on how to do this.

  1. Fill the Base with Water

The next step is to fill the hookah base with enough water so that the bottom of the stem is covered about 1 inch.

  1. Attach the Hookah Stem

Now, attach the hookah stem to the base and ensure it is airtight.

  1. Place the Shisha in the Bowl

When placing the shisha in the bowl, ensure it is spread evenly and not overly packed.

  1. Cover the Bowl

Cover the bowl with foil or place your HMD on top of it. If you’re using foil, make sure to poke holes for proper ventilation.

  1. Light and Place the Charcoal

Light your charcoal and place it on top of the foil or HMD. Use your tongs to avoid burning yourself.

  1. Start Smoking Your Hookah

Wait for a few minutes for the shisha to warm up before starting to smoke your hookah.

Enjoying your Hookah

Now that your hookah is ready, you can start drawing the smoke through the hose. Start with small puffs before taking longer draws. Keep the smoke flowing by moving the coals around the bowl occasionally. Also, make sure to replace the coals when they burn out.

Is Hookah Really Bad?

The question, “Is hookah really bad?” warrants an objective look. Contrary to popular belief, hookah smoking carries health risks. The smoke from a hookah session contains harmful chemicals, including carbon monoxide, nicotine, tar, heavy metals, and carcinogens. Long-term use can lead to various health issues, such as lung cancer, heart disease, and respiratory problems.

Hookah Safety Tips

While hookah is an enjoyable pastime, it’s important to remember the health implications. The perception of harm associated with hookah smoking among young adults can be misleading. A study published in Pediatrics found that nearly 50% of young adults aged 18-24 believed that hookah smoking was less harmful than cigarette smoking.

  • Avoid Inhalation: Avoid inhaling the smoke directly into your lungs to mitigate health risks.
  • Ensure Proper Ventilation: Keep your area well-ventilated to avoid carbon monoxide poisoning.
  • Use Tongs: Always use tongs to handle heated coals.
  • Avoid Alcohol: Mixing alcohol and hookah can lead to increased intoxication and potential injuries.
  • Regular Cleaning: Clean your hookah regularly to prevent bacterial buildup. For more information, refer to the Government of US guidelines on maintaining hygiene.
  • Do Not Mix Substances: Mixing shisha tobacco with other substances could lead to unexpected and dangerous chemical reactions.
    Never Use Old or Dried Out Tobacco: Fresh shisha tobacco ensures a safer and more enjoyable experience.


There you have it – your step-by-step guide on how to use a hookah. Remember, the most important thing is to enjoy your hookah session responsibly and ensure your equipment is cleaned after every use. If you need more assistance or have any inquiries, don’t hesitate to get in touch with us at LA Shisha Club. We are more than happy to assist you in your hookah journey.


How often should I clean my hookah?

Ideally, you should clean your hookah after every use to maintain optimal flavor and hygiene. Check out our detailed cleaning guide here.

Can I mix different flavors of shisha?

Absolutely! Mixing different flavors can create a unique taste.

What can I use instead of foil for a hookah?

You can use a heat management device (HMD) instead of foil. This helps control the heat and prolongs the life of the charcoal.

What kind of charcoal should I use?

We recommend using coconut shell charcoals as they are eco-friendly and have no added chemicals. Find our charcoal recommendations here.

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