The Hookah often thought to be Arabic, actually originated in India. The British were responsible for distributing hookahs throughout the world after the colonization of India. Smoking hookah has been a pastime in many Middle Eastern countries for a long time, but it is now gaining popularity in many Western countries. Hookahs were not always as sophisticated as they are today, some of the earliest hookahs used coconuts and wooden stems! The hookah changed as it spread throughout the world especially in the Middle East. Hookahs have now come to be sleek, sophisticated devices for an enjoyable smoking experience.