Off the Hookah

A few years ago, in preparation for the end of our long love affair with smoking, we took the habit to new heights. If there wasn’t a “No Smoking” sign in view, we found an excuse to light up. One night, itching for something new before the final nicotine kiss-off, we tried a hookah, one of those fabulous Mideastern water pipes, filled it with a lovely blend of tobacco and dried fruit and … pondered calling off the whole not-smoking thing. Light one up on our behalf today at Main Street Tobacco (4307 Main, 816-531-4441) from 2 to 4 p.m., where every Saturday the store hosts a free hookah demo. Just trust us — don’t try to kick the butts afterward.

Saturdays, 2-4 p.m., 2006