1. Add ice cubes to the base of your hookah before smoking. This will get the water ice cold to make for a smoother hookah session.

2. When starting a hookah session, place your charcoal on the outer edge of the ceramic bowl and gradually work it around. Place the charcoal in the center of the bowl when coming to a an end of your session. This will prolong your hookah session because the shisha is burning at a slower pace than is you would place the charcoal in the center of the ceramic bowl at the start.

3. Shisha combinations can be very fulfilling. Try combining Lemon and Mango or Banana and Strawberry.

4. The texture of shisha leaves will often times lump together. In order not to burn the shisha and make way for more air to pass through the hookah bowl, brake up the shisha pieces with your hands before packing it in your hookah bowl.

5. When placing the aluminum foil over your hookah bowl, make sure the shine side of the foil is facing the inward towards the hookah bowl. This This technique will better help to preserve the heat of the charcoal.

6. When adding a bit of orange, lemon or any other type of fruity juice to the water in the hookah base durring a hookah session, the strength of the shisha flavor will be intensify.

7. In order to strengthen the thickness of your hookah smoke, try using milk, instead of water, in your hookah base durring a hookah session.

8. Always store your shisha in an air tight container in order to preserve it's liquid like texture and prevent it from drying up. Usually the original packaging work just fine but make sure that you pack it up well when storing it away for later use.

9. On hot summer days, often times people forget about the shisha that they stored away for later use. To prevent it from drying up, it is helpful to keep your shisha in a a temperature controlled room or refrigerator in order to be certain that it is safe and that it will last for as long as possible.

10. When smoking your hookah, you can either inhale the smoke or just take a puff in your mouth. It is solely up to the smoker to decide which way he prefers for there is no "better" way to smoke a hookah. However, when you inhale the smoke, you will feel a buzz quicker than if you would just take mouth puffs.

I picked up a 250g tin of Starbuzz Blue Mist from my local hookah shop, based on the smell of the tobacco. I had heard this is very popular, so I knew I couldn't go wrong. The initial smell was blueberries and a candy flavor. I took it home and packed my Mya QT with 2 hoses. Three Kings coals were used throughout the session.

I began the coals and got the first hits. The tobacco was very juicy; you need to wash your hands after packing it. The smoke was thick, white clouds which is expected of Starbuzz. The taste was blueberry with a hint of mint. Other people have complained the mint and blueberry smells aren't balanced, but mixing your shisha beforehand will ensure an even smoke. The nicotine content of this tobacco is very low, so newcomers to hookah will enjoy this smoke.

With ice in the hookah and enough to go around for everybody, I had a great time smoking the Blue Mist. The flavor is not overwhelming, but delicious enough where you cannot put the hookah down. People who are put off by mint in hookahs should steer clear of this tobacco. For most though, it is a smooth, thick smoke ranking as a favorite.

It is a common misconception that while 'starting' a hookah, on should 'hit it hard.' This is simply incorrect. Veteran hookah smokers know that the best way is slow.

  • Placing coals closer to the center while performing your starting drags can make it easier to start, but must be monitored. This also increases the chances of the tobacco prematurely burning down the center.
  • Rotate coals frequently to maintain an even burn.
  • If smoke gets stale, blow gently and shortly into the hose. This clears the bowl, but take care not to blow too long or hard, as water will go into the stem and flood your bowl.
  • If smoke becomes scorching hot or 'harsh,' simply but carefully remove the bowl by its base and blow into it, thus clearing the bowl.