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Old January 4th, 2009, 08:17 AM
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Default Where in the USA are the most hookah smokers?

This is a question, maybe the vendors can answer to.
Im just interested, if its nearly the same in all the states, or if there are big differences.
I guess the most smokers are in california or florida. is there anyone, who can answer this question?
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Old January 4th, 2009, 08:39 AM
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Default Re: Where in the USA are the most hookah smokers?

Pretty big Here in Chicago, cant imagine its popular in all the states
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Old January 4th, 2009, 12:02 PM
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Default Re: Where in the USA are the most hookah smokers?

There's at least 3 hookah lounges in Northwest Arkansas of all places and almost everyone I know here has been to one. :O
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Old January 4th, 2009, 12:07 PM
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Pretty big Here in Chicago, cant imagine its popular in all the states
your right im from Chicago to there's a hookah place for every 4-5 blocks in the city lol.
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Old January 4th, 2009, 12:16 PM
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Default Re: Where in the USA are the most hookah smokers?

California I would guess.
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Old January 4th, 2009, 12:17 PM
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Default Re: Where in the USA are the most hookah smokers?

i'd say it's hard to determine. some people assume it's a middle eastern thing and it could be whereever those communities are, however those communities have local markets and I can't estimate how much they consume. My orders are spread evenly over the country but mainly to non Middle Easterners, probably why they order online. I do know that AF is distributed in most quantities to CA, Michigan and New Jersey, but again, I'm not privy to all of their info.
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Old January 4th, 2009, 12:36 PM
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Default Re: Where in the USA are the most hookah smokers?

Guess I'll have to pitch in on my home state.

TEXAS

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Social Smoke and Hookah-Shisha are based out of Texas as well as TexasHookah.

Its hard to not find a lounge or at least several stores in any sizable town that carry hookah. Stands to reason that there's a market of hookah smokers out there. Even the old school tobacco shops that used to just carry cigars and pipes are now carrying shisha and a few nargiles. All the DFW malls with Earthbound Trading Co. have Magdy Zidan hookahs... and sometimes even Kiosks in the center of the malls carrying hookah and shisha.

DFW literally drips with shisha juice. So does Houston.
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Old January 4th, 2009, 01:16 PM
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Guess I'll have to pitch in on my home state.

TEXAS

Why?

Social Smoke and Hookah-Shisha are based out of Texas as well as TexasHookah.

Its hard to not find a lounge or at least several stores in any sizable town that carry hookah. Stands to reason that there's a market of hookah smokers out there. Even the old school tobacco shops that used to just carry cigars and pipes are now carrying shisha and a few nargiles. All the DFW malls with Earthbound Trading Co. have Magdy Zidan hookahs... and sometimes even Kiosks in the center of the malls carrying hookah and shisha.

DFW literally drips with shisha juice. So does Houston.
Have to +1 to Lake's post, here in D/FW it's huge. And just to add we have many Mid-Eastern restaraunts that double as hookah lounges.
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Default Re: Where in the USA are the most hookah smokers?

Anywhere close to a college sir.
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Default Re: Where in the USA are the most hookah smokers?

Its pretty big in Ohio... we have 4 in my area of Youngstown... and there are a bunch in Cleveland, Kent, and Columbus... I know its not as big as cali but for ohio lol its big. Also there are many middle eastern grocery stores that offer fine ethnic foods and sell hookahs, tobacco and coals etc.
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Anywhere close to a college sir.
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Old January 4th, 2009, 04:27 PM
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I guess you can say its popular in New Jersey. In Highschool going to New York City and smoking hookah was the fun thing to do. I never did it though because I have hookah bars close to me and we always owned one.
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Default Re: Where in the USA are the most hookah smokers?

In michigan there are quite a few places to get shisha/coals. But to my surprise, i found a vendor near the college im going to in the Upper Peninsula, the last place i would expect.
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Old January 4th, 2009, 05:16 PM
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Default Re: Where in the USA are the most hookah smokers?

in san diego there is plenty shops and lounges especially near ucsd and sdsu and the downtown area
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Default Re: Where in the USA are the most hookah smokers?

well if it was by city i would say chicago it is everywhere, by state i dont know i do know its not ohio its not all that huge here but its getting pretty popular
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i would say new york and new jersey
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Default Re: Where in the USA are the most hookah smokers?

california.

you got gothookahs, hookahcompany, thehookah, **********, fumari, layalina, karabetian, caravansarai...maybe more
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Old January 4th, 2009, 07:14 PM
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Default Re: Where in the USA are the most hookah smokers?

Its pretty big here in vegas

There are hookah lounges all over the las vegas area
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arizona hands down
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Old January 4th, 2009, 07:37 PM
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Default Re: Where in the USA are the most hookah smokers?

yup Arizona theres at least 6-7 lounges that i know of within 5 minutes of me and then Tempe has a lot in Mill Ave. then theres Tucson that used to have Smileys and a lot of other lounges, i guess it because of the Universities.
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Default Re: Where in the USA are the most hookah smokers?

well cali has the most college and then its like new york, texas and ohio
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Old January 4th, 2009, 09:07 PM
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california.

you got gothookahs, hookahcompany, thehookah, **********, fumari, layalina, karabetian, caravansarai...maybe more
there's more!
fantasia, tangiers, starbuzz, potion, and probably even more than that
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Default Re: Where in the USA are the most hookah smokers?

Here in Oshkosh, Wisconsin, I'd say at least 90% of the citizens don't even know what a hookah is...or at least have false pretenses on what it entails. Not a single hookah lounge to be had.

Maybe I should start one..... name it "The Black Alpaca."
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In and or near colleges.
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Old January 5th, 2009, 02:58 AM
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In and or near colleges.
Yep, that is about 80% of the U.S. market according the guy that runs hookahcompany.com. Most of the rest are immigrants from places where narghiles are part of the local culture. I'd be floored if more then about 5% are Occidentals like myself over the age of 25.
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