Re: New to Hookah...few questions
So far all replies I have seen are correct. use proper heat management, don't use too much coal, and always make sure your coals are completely white on all sides before using them. This is very important especially if you are using quick lights as they are coated with chemicals to help them light so easily/quickly.
Also it is good to hydrate yourself, preferably with water while you are smoking. I have to disagree with the comment about using coffee as that dehydrates you and so does the shisha.
I think we all started out learning these things the hard way when we were new hookah smokers. Your sessions should improve as you learn the proper techniques.