Weird Hookah gossip what have you heard?
There is a rumor going around, that American soldiers in Iraq, are forbidden from smoking hookah. I live in Iraq (civilian, on an Army base), and I can promise you, this rumor is totally false. The troops work long hours, and get little time off. If a soldier/Marine wants to smoke, he will smoke cigarettes. A lot of the troops here use snuff "Copenhagen", and other brands. But there is no problem with smoking hookah, the Army could care less.