Re: Stigma? History?....I'm not getting it.
Basically what happened is that back in the '60s narghiles from India got imported into the U.S. & U.K. by hippy types who used them in ways we don't. Cops found out about it and until the last 5 years or so chances were pretty good that any water-pipe you saw was not being used for anything legal. Given that rampant anti-Arab sentiment is the norm in the U.S. these days the hobby is also hated simply because it's seen as being Arab and hence bad bad by various mental midgets. A third thing is that for the last 15 years or so anti-tobacco hysteria has been growing like kudzu so anything that is tobacco related is hated by ever growing legions of do gooders determined to save us from ourselves.