Shisha bars, where people smoke hookahs on heated outdoor patios, have mushroomed in Britain since a 2007 ban on smoking in public places. A study of 133 local authorities by the British Heart Foundation found that the number of bars had risen from 179 in 2007 to 556 in 2012. Phil Johnson, one of the founders of the National Association of Shisha Bar Owners, reckons there are many more http://econ.st/159Rk9p
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By DOUGLAS QUENQUA
As more college students embrace hookahs nationwide, legislators and health advocates are taking action against what they call the newest front in the war on tobacco.
PARIS, May 6 (Reuters) - Socialist Francois Hollande swept to victory in France's presidential election on Sunday in a swing to the left at the heart of Europe and promised to start a pushback against German-led austerity policies.
Though I constantly lecture him about the dangers of smoking, my Iranian grandfather refuses to get rid of his hookah.
An Eastern smoking pipe designed with a long tube passing through an urn of water that cools the smoke as it is drawn through. Also called hubble-bubble, narghile.
[Urdu, from Arabic ḥuqqa, small box, the hookah's water urn, from ḥaqqa, to be true, be suitable.]
1. A form of hookah: a smoking device in which the smoke is passed through a bowl of water, making a bubbling noise, before being drawn through a long pipe.
2. Commotion, uproar, turmoil.
Reduplication of the word bubble
"A 32-year-old Bahraini man was engulfed in flames when his hubble-bubble pipe set his clothing ablaze." — Soman Baby; Man Burned in Hubble Bubble Pipe Fire Critical; Gulf Daily News (Bahrain); Feb 26, 2004.
"Gosh, it could almost be the hubble-bubble talk of the political and business hot spots of the nation." — Shelley Gare; Something Filthy About Being Rich; The Australian (Sydney); Jun 16, 2001.
The noun has one meaning:
Meaning #1: a pipe with a long flexible tube connected to a container where the smoke is cooled by passing through water
Synonyms: hookah, kalian, narghile, water pipe
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What is a hookah?
A hookah, also known as a narghile, shisha or hubble-bubble, is a waterpipe of Middle Eastern origin that is used to smoke sweet, often flavored, tobacco. The smoke is filtered through water in the base of the hookah's pipe. There is a common misconception that hookah smoke is less harmful than cigarette smoke, or not at all harmful, since the smoke passes through water before being inhaled or emitted as secondhand smoke. This is not true. The science shows that smoke from a hookah contains many of the same harmful and carcinogenic components as cigarette smoke. Hookahs should not be considered a safer alternative to cigarette smoking. Secondhand hookah smoke is not less harmful than secondhand cigarette smoke.
In 2005, the World Health Organization (WHO) issued an Advisory Note on Waterpipe Tobacco Smoking. This Advisory Note states:
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