As the tradition of smoking hookah has spread around the world, some of the historical etiquette has been lost or transformed to suit new cultures. In every country the proper etiquette differs a little, and some cultures view etiquette as being less important than others. This article simply explains the basic principles of hookah store and lounge etiquette around the world. These tips are for those who travel and want to make sure they are staying within the bounds of local accepted practices in the countries they visit.
A hookah store or shisha bar is quite an upmarket place in most countries. In the United States the pipes are popular with younger people, so smoking has become a lot more casual. But in countries where the hookah is a traditional part of the culture, and has been for centuries – like India or Turkey – it should be approached with respect. That means dressing well and composing yourself when at the hookah lounge.