I stuck a cigar in my hookah and lit it on fire.
I figured, ‘what’s the worst that could happen? There isn’t that much of a difference between rolled tombak and a cigar when you really think about it.’ Tombak, for those who don’t know, is a natural tobacco product that is soaked in water and smoked through a hookah. The leaves are wrapped around the top of the stem and rolled into a cigar shape with coals placed on top and the smoke is similar to a light cigar.
It was awful.
I chose a CAO America to run this experiment with. I cut the cigar, wedged it in the top of my hookah stem and wrapped a little electrical tape at the point of contact. The draw was ridiculously tight because the way a cigar is rolled is designed to allow much less air to pass through the bundle of leaves than would pass through a hookah bowl. Getting even a small amount of smoke was very difficult.
The little bit of smoke I was able to get, before I pulled the cigar off my rig in disgust, was super harsh and not very tasty. The flavors was similar to the cigar on its own, but a bit lighter. The harshness of the smoke solidified the idea in my mind that the water in a hookah does very little. It’s the hookah tobacco that deserves credit for the smooth smoke.
The long and the short, don’t do it. This was a bad idea and I’m glad I inflicted it upon myself rather than letting you wonder. Maybe next tie I’ll disassemble a cheap cigar and prepare it like tombak from soaking all the way to the charcoal. I’ll update if I do.