I just purchased the 2014 version of the RS guidebook to Istanbul and read about an activity that the author recommends: patronizing a hookah lounge. My questions are:
I have probably smoked about a half dozen cigars and no cigarettes in my life. Will a one or two time exposure to a hookah/water pipe be hazardous to me? My lungs are in good shape (so I believe).
I will be traveling on my own. Are there hookah lounges in Istanbul that welcome single patrons? As I recall from the book a hookah session costs about 15 Turkish lira ($8) for a group so how much will I pay? The only hookah lounge that I looked up on the internet did not give prices. Should I look for a lounge that caters mainly to Turks - will I be welcome - or should I patronize one that caters to tourists? This is kinda like asking a question about the "cafes" (you know what I mean) in Amsterdam.