The etiquette of hookah smoking is very important in some cultures and often times it is regarded as disrespectful to break away from these traditions. Etiquette also helps to keep all hookah smokers happy.
► Smoking a hookah pipe is about patience and tolerance, so relax and enjoy it.
► There is no urgency or competitiveness when smoking a narghile, unlike the smoking sessions using other glass pipes or water pipes. So smoke until you are pleased and then pass it on to the next person.
► As a courtesy, turn the hose connection of the metal stem toward the next person as you are handing them the hose.
► Never light cigarettes using the lit charcoal on top of the hose.
► Never light a self-lighting charcoal on top of the hookah- the extra smoke will overwhelm the tobacco flavors.
► Do not blow smoke in the face of another person.
► With a multi-hose hookah, do not blow into the hookah hose to clear the smoke while another person is smoking.
► Never share your plastic mouthpiece with another person, as it does not promote good hygiene.
► When you are finished smoking hookah, wrap the hookah hose around the metal stem.
"Smoking a narghile is nothing like smoking a cigarette," a 71-year-old pensioner named Ismet Ertep said as he looked up from his pipe. "Cigarettes are for nervous people, competitive people, people on the run," he said. "When you smoke a nargile, you have time to think. It teaches you patience and tolerance, and gives you an appreciation of good company. Nargile smokers have a much more balanced approach to life than cigarette smokers."
From "The Turkish Narghile - Inhale the Pleasure of an Unhurried Ottoman Past"; Stephen Kinzer, the New York Times,