Facts about hookah use

You may be hearing a lot about the hookah waterpipe (also called nargile or shisha). You may also hear that it’s a safe alternative to cigarette smoking—but that’s not true. Hookah products are often described as herbal and advertised as tobacco-free, but this is misleading.

Frequently Asked Questions

What is hookah?

The traditional hookah pipe is used to smoke wet tobacco (tobacco mixed with drops of water) or sometimes mixed with glycerine and/or honey. As hookah has become more commercialized over the last 20 years, flavouring is now added to make it even more appealing.