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Hookah, also known as shisha, sheesha, narghile, argileh, or water pipe, is a device used for smoking flavored tobacco. It typically consists of a water basin, a vertical tube, a bowl to hold the tobacco, and a hose for inhaling the smoke. The tobacco used in hookah is different from regular tobacco and is often referred to as shisha or maassel. Shisha is a sticky mixture of tobacco, honey, and/or molasses, infused with various flavors such as fruit, mint, or spices.

The origins of hookah are believed to date back several centuries, with its exact origins being somewhat uncertain. While it's difficult to pinpoint an exact time and place of origin, hookah is commonly associated with regions in South Asia, the Middle East, Africa, and parts of Asia. Some historical accounts suggest that hookah originated in ancient Persia (modern-day Iran) or India, while others attribute its beginnings to regions like Egypt or Turkey.

Regardless of its precise origins, hookah has a rich cultural history and has been enjoyed by people of various backgrounds for centuries. It has been used in social gatherings, ceremonies, and as a symbol of hospitality and relaxation in many cultures around the world. Today, hookah smoking remains popular in many parts of the world, both as a traditional practice and as a recreational activity enjoyed in lounges, cafes, and private settings.

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